Stay safe on the road with these tips from a motorcycle accident lawyer.
Spring is finally here and for many motorcyclists, that means getting the bike out and ready for the summer. Here at Tolbert Beadle, we see far too many injuries from motorcycle accidents and while we want you to enjoy the beautiful weather, we want you to be safe too. Review these quick safety tips from an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Springfield, MO and enjoy your scenic drives through Southwest Missouri!
Safety Tips From a Local Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Wear Protective Gear
Wearing protective gear is one of the best things you can do to safeguard your safety while out riding your motorcycle. You should always wear a helmet and thick jeans, boots and long sleeves. While it may get hot wearing a leather jacket during the summertime, the breezy ride will keep you cool and you’ll protect your skin in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident. Any motorcycle accident lawyer will tell you that a severe motorcycle accident injury can seriously change your life, so make sure to protect yourself by putting on that protective gear before you hop on your bike.
As tempting as it can be to weave in and out of lanes between cars, zoom your way through the center of two lanes, or trick ride on the highway – please don’t do it. As a motorcyclist, you have a responsibility to practice safe driving not only for yourself, but also for the safety of motorists around you. If you are involved in an accident on the road, it will be more difficult for a motorcycle accident lawyer to defend you if the accident was a result of your reckless driving.
Ride Cautiously During Rainy Conditions
While springtime is known and loved for its warmer weather, we all know that it’s also accompanied by rain – and lots of it. If you’re out riding and you get caught in a heavy rain, a motorcycle accident lawyer will advise you to pull over somewhere safe to wait out the rain. Stop into a local shop, grab a bite to eat, or hang out at a park until the rain dies down. If you do choose to ride your motorcycle during extremely rainy conditions, ride very cautiously, avoid sharp and fast turns, and make sure you have your lights on.
Check Your Bike’s Lights and Signals
Speaking of your lights, it’s very important that you check all your lights and signals before hitting the road for the first time this spring. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by limited visibility and both riders and motorcycle accident lawyers know how important it is to make sure you are visible while you’re out riding. Before you take your bike out, check to make sure that your turn signals are in working condition and test your headlights and taillight to make ensure they are working properly.
Check Your Bike’s Tire Pressure
While you’re inspecting the lights and signals on your bike, make sure to do a quick sweep of your tires too. Test your tire pressure to safeguard against under-inflated tires. If you’re riding with under-inflated tires, you’re putting yourself at a higher risk of wiping out. Properly inflated tires will ensure that you can brake properly and in a timely manner. They will also help you operate your bike safely during rainy conditions.
Everyone here at our law firm hopes you enjoy the warm weather out on your motorcycle but if you are involved in an accident, please don’t hesitate to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at Tolbert Beadle.