If you ride a motorcycle in Washington D.C., you are most likely riding more now to take advantage of the last couple of fairly warm months. Motorcycles are great fun, they’re great on gas, and they’re stylish as well, however, they are not without their downsides, that primarily being that they can be very unsafe. Fortunately, by following the safety tips our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys have provided below, you can decrease your chances of ever being involved in a motorcycle accident. Please continue reading to learn more about what you can do to stay safe at all times.
- One of the most important things you can do is to dress for the occasion, so to speak. This means wearing a Washington D.C. law-compliant helmet, wearing protective eyewear, and also wearing clothes that can protect you, at least to some degree, in an accident. Though they may not save you from breaking a bone, they may help drastically reduce the amount of abrasion you would receive if you fell off your motorcycle.
- Do not leave your residence without first inspecting your bike for any inconsistencies. Everything should feel and look fine before you head out. Additionally, if you are driving and something happens with your bike, pull over immediately and call someone to transport your motorcycle to a mechanic. Do not simply try and make it to a mechanic on your own.
- Speeding is the number one cause of motorcycle deaths in America, so you must be very careful not to speed. Furthermore, you, as all other motorists, should obey every rule and regulation of the road to decrease the chances of an accident occurring. At the very least, if you are injured in an accident, it would not be your fault.
- No matter what vehicle you are driving, ensure you do not tail motorists in front of you–always stay three car lengths back.
- Stay aware of your surroundings, and ensure other motorists are aware of you. This means paying attention to other drivers on the road, as well as their blinkers. You must also use blinkers or hand signals yourself, and you should ensure that you make yourself visible to all other drivers as well. This means wearing bright clothing and reflective gear, especially if riding at night.
- Always drive sober. Drunk and drugged driving is among the most common causes of auto accidents in the U.S.
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