How do I stay safe on a motorcycle?

Riding a motorcycle is both exhilarating and dangerous all at the same time. Even the most experienced riders can find themselves in a troubling situation when on a bike. Riders should do everything they can to protect themselves when operating or riding on a motorcycle. So, how does one protect themselves when riding a motorcycle?

Even though the state of Kentucky has a partial helmet law, which covers riders 20 and younger, it is still a safe idea to wear a helmet each time you get on a motorcycle. A helmet will only add increased protection to your head in the event of a crash, which can send you flying hundreds of feet into other objects.

Do your best to be seen by all other motorists when on your motorcycle. You can do this by turning your headlight on during the daytime, wearing reflective clothing and using turn signals regularly. If you don't have reflective clothing, wear brightly colored clothing when on a motorcycle. It can mean the difference between life and death.

Inspect your motorcycle before each ride. It can prevent an accident. Look for uneven wear on the tire treads, burned out lightbulbs, difficulty braking, that the horn works and that both mirrors are not cracked. If you find any issues with the bike, repair them before your next ride.

Learn how to become a defensive motorcycle rider, especially if you are new to the sport. You can do this by riding as if you are invisible. Don't expect other motorists to see you, even if you have reflective clothing on or a bright headlight. Scan 10-15 seconds ahead of you on the road and leave plenty of space between your motorcycle and other vehicles. Always have two hands on the handlebars to quickly maneuver in the event of a vehicle headed in your direction.

Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? An experienced motor vehicle accidents attorney in Jefferson, Kentucky, can answer all of your questions and help you protect yourself as a victim.

Source: esurance, "how to stay safe on your motorcycle," accessed June 16, 2017

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