The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez know new motorcyclists – just like new car drivers – must take special precautions to protect their safety as they revel in their new passion. As dangerous as traveling in a vehicle can be, motorcyclists are nearly 30 times more likely to die in a road accident, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says. And nearly half of all motorcycle fatalities result from single-vehicle accidents.
Follow these eight sensible tips to keep you safe on the open road:
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- Enroll in motorcycle classes offered by the Motorcycle Safety Council, which has offerings on four levels, from beginner to advanced. Sign up online and learn motorcycle safety practices that can last you a lifetime.
- Shop for a bike that fits you and your riding style. Most importantly, you should be able to sit on a bike and plant both feet firmly on the ground, the handlebars and controls should be easy to reach and navigate. Err on the side of a smaller bike – and maybe even a stylish "street bike" designed for urban riding.
- Insist on anti-lock brakes. They will help you maintain control during emergency stops and can be a godsend when roads are slick. Motorcycles with anti-lock brakes are nearly 40 percent less likely to be involved in fatal crashes, the institute says.
- Purchase – and wear – a helmet. Nevada law requires you to, anyway, for good reason: riders who go helmet-less are 40 percent more likely to suffer fatal head injuries on the road. Two side benefits: helmets reduce driving fatigue and wind noise. Invest in the proper riding gear. State law also requires you to wear protective glasses, goggles or a face shield. Also important: an insulated, padded and waterproof jacket, pants and motorcycle boots (never sandals or gym shoes).
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- Conduct a visual check of your motorcycle. Check the tires and brakes and ensure the turn signals, lights and horn work properly.
- Don't ride when conditions are poor. Rain will impair your margin of error, and high winds can jeopardize your safety, too. If you insist on riding when wind gusts are high, move closer to the side of the lane from which the wind is rushing to give you some room to compensate.
- Drive defensively. Stay alert, and avoid tailgating.
New motorcyclists can be as prone to mishaps as new drivers, so keep the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez in mind if you sustain an injury on the road. With our skill and experience in the field of personal injury law, we’ve helped steer hundreds of motorcyclists through the legal process – and we can do the same for you. Call 702-388-4476 for a free legal consultation.