7 Motorcycle Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

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Motorcycle Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

While it is common knowledge that motorcycles are more dangerous than motor vehicles, most people aren’t aware of just how shocking the statistics are:

Some of the most heartbreaking cases that personal injury attorneys ever see are the often severe and permanent injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

If you ride a motorcycle or plan to purchase one soon, please keep these motorcycle safety tips in mind before you get on the roads.

1. You must be licensed to operate a motorcycle.

Both Missouri and Illinois require a motorcycle license for anyone who operates a motorcycle on public roadways.

New riders should take a motorcycle safety course before trying to get their motorcycle license. And even more experienced, licensed drivers can benefit from the occasional refresher course on safety.

2. Always wear a helmet.

A helmet is the most important piece of motorcycle safety equipment a rider can use. You should always wear one when riding a motorcycle, even if you are in a jurisdiction that does not require one.

Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of dying from a crash by 37-42 percent

3. Invest in ANTI LOCK brakes (ABS).

ABS helps the rider remain in control of the motorcycle during an emergency stop or in slippery conditions. It can prevent the wheels from locking up, allowing the bike to stop within a shorter distance. Fatality rates are 31% lower in motorcycles equipped with ABS brakes than bikes without it.

4. Wear proper gear in bright colors.

The clothing you wear should protect you, not only from things like road rash if you slide out, but also things like bugs and debris. Drivers who have hit a motorcycle often say they just didn’t see them, so choose gear in easy-to-notice colors, including:

  • a leather or other reinforced jacket
  • gloves
  • long pants
  • over-the-ankle footwear
  • a helmet visor or goggles

5. Conduct a pre-ride check.

Whether you are going on a long road trip or just around the corner, make sure your motorcycle is in good working order.

6. Check the tires.

Check for embedded objects, air pressure and the tread.

  • Mechanical: make sure belts, chains and cables are in good working order and free from defect (rust, cracks, frays, etc.)
  • Lights: head lights, brake lights, taillights, and signals should all be in working order.
  • Check your fluids.

7. Carry insurance.

Motorcycles are motor vehicles. That means motorcycle owners are required to carry insurance on it, just like any other motor vehicle.

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