You and Your Motorcycle: How To Stay Safe
Texas is a famous motorcycle destination. It has in fact one of the biggest motorcycle populations in the United States. If you have one, know the Texas laws governing motorcycles and be reminded of the following basic safety rules. You would rather ride smart than fight a personal injury battle, recover from a crash or die from a motorcycling accident.
Choose Your Ride
Pick a motorcycle with the fit and functions suited for you. Heavy, large motorcycles are difficult to push and lift; but smaller bikes may lack the performance and speed for travelling long distances. Buy the one with the power needed for your primary purpose and that you can comfortably handle. Don’t get a trail bike if most of your riding will be on the highway, or a highway bike for off-the-road use. You should also be able to stand on the ground with both feet when astride it, and easily reach and operate its controls.
Wear a Helmet
Texas laws exempt riders of 21 years old and above who have undergone a training and safety course or have insurance policies from wearing helmets. Still, it is best to always wear one when you are riding. The helmet is your most important motor getup. It will lessen the extent of head injuries – and even save your life – in case of a crash. Make sure to get one with a Department of Transportation label, and one that fits comfortably yet firmly during the ride.
Protect the Passenger
You’ll need way more motorcycle skills when riding with a passenger than when riding alone. Thus, don’t do so unless you’ve had significant solo riding time and confident that you’re responsible enough to carry a passenger. He, too, should wear a helmet and have secure seat and footrests. This protects him from being severely injured, or worse, dead, in case of an accident.
Help Others See You
Seasoned riders know that not all of other motorists see the motorcycles moving around. So, position yourself to be seen by them. Never hang by their blind spots, use your headlights and ride on the lane where they can see you. Use brightly colored clothing and reflective materials, particularly at nighttime.
Seeing everything around you and being on-watch comprise the other half of the visibility battle. Use and keep your eyes moving. Look ahead, aside, at the mirrors, and over your shoulders. When your eyes are locked at an accident scene nearby or at the luxury car to your right, you can overlook some hazards. There may be a reckless, left-turning truck coming that can crush you to death.
Your motorcycle’s brakes are your best friends. Use them wisely – together. Prior to stopping, brake progressively, firmly and bring your motor upright. Also remember that driving through different road conditions affect the efficiency of your brakes. Braking when on slippery roads, for instance, needs more pressure or your bike can lose balance sideways and smash your body.
And remember, if you were injured in a motorcycle accident and the person at fault doesn’t cover enough of your injuries, talk with our personal injury attorneys at Rad Law Firm. We can help.