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Motorcycle Safety 101

Anytime people are riding motorcycles, it is important that they practice general safety.  It is a well-known fact that when motorcyclists engage in safe riding behavior, they can reduce their chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident.  Below, Whitley Law Firm has provided several motorcycle safety tips:

  • When sharing the road with other motorists, always be respectful of their space.
  • Always wear protective riding gear. This includes helmets, riding gloves, boots and glasses.
  • Never operate a motorcycle (or any vehicle for that matter) while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or prescription medications.
  • Follow the posted speed limits and maintain a speed that you are comfortable with while riding your cruiser, sports bike, or motorcycle.
  • Be on the lookout for road hazards, like potholes, they may cause an accident.
  • Make sure that other motorists can see you and avoid merging too quickly.
  • When turning, always use your turn signals so motorists know what you are planning to do.
  • Avoid riding your motorcycle in poor weather conditions as roads will be very slippery.

Even when motorcycle riders are practicing biker safety, they may still be involved in accidents if riding alongside negligent drivers.  When this happens, motorcyclists are encouraged to contact Whitley Law Firm and speak with a Raleigh personal injury attorney.

Quick Tips for Safety

Nearly two decades after the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program has been enacted, many motorcycle riders and enthusiasts are continuing to take classes and get educated on motorcycle safety. Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most dangerous modes of transportation, and without proper training and information, you may fall victim to an accident that could have been prevented with adequate safety precautions.

The following are several tips that should always be followed when riding your motorcycle:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and bright colors.
  • Wear goggles or other protective eyewear.
  • Wear gloves and closed toed shoes.
  • Do not speed, text while riding, or ride your motorcycle drunk.
  • Obey all traffic laws.

While not all accidents involving a motorcycle rider are caused by the rider, there are many different precautions an individual can take before getting onto their bike.

With these safety steps in mind, enjoy riding your motorcycle safely in the beautiful summer weather.