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Staying Safe on a Motorcycle

Consider these tips when riding your motorcycles this summer

Motorcycles are a Michigan summer tradition and the vast majority of riders do so with safety in mind. They are careful to follow the rules of the road and communicate with other motorists properly through proper signaling. Unfortunately, other drivers may not be as familiar with how to share the road with riders, which can lead to dangerous accidents.

In 2019, the number of motorcyclists who died in collisions dropped by 5 percent from the year before, yet you know that riding a motorcycle still presents certain risks. Even though motorcycle crash fatalities decreased in 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that during the year collisions still killed 4,985 motorcyclists. While numbers dropped off a bit in 2020 because of COVID, motorcycle accidents can lead to more serious injuries.

Riders must possess a different set of skills for riding a motorcycle compared with driving a car. Some of these skills include following certain safety guidelines to protect yourself and others on the road with you.

1. Put on a helmet and protective gear

One of the leading ways to prevent severe head injuries from a motorcycle crash is to always wear a helmet. Only certain riders in Ohio, however, must wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle riders under the age of 18 and those who have held their license for a year or less must wear a helmet when they ride a motorcycle.

You should also wear other protective gear, including gloves, boots with nonskid soles and leather clothing. If riding your motorcycle at night, make it easier for other drivers to see you by putting reflective tape on your clothing.

2. Improve your skills with ongoing education

Becoming a better motorcyclist can also improve your safety and prevent serious injuries. Consider sharpening your riding techniques by taking different courses or enrolling in a formal motorcycle education program.

3. Follow the rules of the road

Educate yourself about the rules of the road and traffic laws in your local area. You should also refrain from going over the speed limit.

4. Practice defensive driving

Never assume other drivers can see you on your motorcycle. Watch out for turning vehicles, stay out of the blind spot of other cars, ride with your headlights on and signal whenever you intend to change your lane.

The team of car, truck and motorcycle accident attorneys at Bashore Green handle these types of cases regularly and understand the process of supporting client needs. Remember there is no fee unless we secure a settlement or win a case. So if you, or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call Bashore Green at 248-487-1887. We can help.