How can I protect myself when riding on a motorcycle?
One of the highest concerns cited for motorcycle accidents in Michigan is the visibility of motorcyclists while out on the road. It's always helpful to wear a bright helmet and eye protection, as well as brightly colored clothing that can be easily seen by other drivers. Other protective gear such as thick protective clothing that doesn't leave exposed skin can also go a long way toward preventing serious injury during a motorcycle accident. And while it may go without saying, you should always remember to wear a helmet — no matter how short the ride, or how slow you may be traveling. In addition to increasing your visibility on the road, it is always important to follow these steps when driving a motorcycle:
- Never operate a motorcycle while under the influence, for any reason.
- Always ride with your headlight on. This will help increase your visibility on the road at all times.
- Avoid riding in the center lane where debris and liquids can accumulate from other drivers.
- Perform regular maintenance checks on your motorcycle to ensure it's safe to ride, including chain, engine, and brake checks.
- Do not let another passenger ride with you until you are an experienced rider. If you do have a passenger, make sure their legs stay away from the muffler to avoid dangerous burns.
If you've been injured, I can help. Despite your best efforts to remain safe, sometimes accidents can be unavoidable. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to compensation that can aid in your recovery. Call the Michigan Advocacy Center today for a free personal consultation. I can examine the details of your case and outline the next steps to take so that together, can build you a strong case.