Motorcycle Safety

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Motorcyclists face serious risks on Florida roads. Drivers of cars and trucks often don't see them. They can be hit by drivers who are operating negligently. A motorcycle accident can lead to severe injuries and leave them unable to work. The Law Office of Scott M. Miller knows the dangers that motorcyclists face on the road. When a driver's negligence leads to a motorcyclist getting hurt, he fights to hold that driver responsible.

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced attorney who can fight for your rights. You need someone who will not rest until you get the financial compensation you deserve. Call (866) MILLER-5 or (407) 869-9996 to schedule a free consultation.

If you ride a motorcycle, you need every advantage you can get on the road. Here are some tips to help keep you safe.

Safety tips for motorcyclists

Take a rider course

New riders learn the basics of operating a motorcycle. Unfortunately, thousands of motorcycle accidents continue to occur each year. The courses teach them safety tips for starting and stopping the bike and maneuvering through traffic. But even experienced riders can benefit from a more advanced course. They can learn how to improve their riding skills to increase their safety and confidence.

Use proper riding gear

Wear a helmet that is DOT-approved. Use eye protection, such as a face shield, goggles or shatter-resistant full coverage glasses. Wear a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, denim or leather long pants and full-fingered gloves. Wear over-the-ankle boots or shoes that have non-skid soles. Also consider using reflective clothing, tape or decals to increase your visibility.

Make a pre-ride inspection

Before going on a ride, take a few minutes to look over your motorcycle.

  • Check the tires to make sure they are properly inflated and that there is enough tread left. Look for any cracked or worn rubber. Make sure there is no damage on the wheel rims.
  • Make sure mirrors are adjusted properly.
  • Check to see if the front and rear brakes are working properly. Look at the brake pads to make sure they are hitting the rims and not the tires.
  • Check to see that throttle and clutch operate smoothly.
  • Make sure headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals work.
  • Check oil, gas, coolant and brake fluid levels.

Get to know your bike

Review the owner's manual to become familiar with all the parts of your motorcycle. Take a motorcycle maintenance class to learn how to perform basic service on your bike.

Keep your motorcycle in top working order

Follow all recommended maintenance schedules. Make any needed repairs before going on the road.

Practice personal responsibility

Staying safe on rides depends a lot on your judgment and ability to react. That means you need to be rested with a clear head. Don't ride if you've been drinking or have taken any kind of drug. Don't ride if you are extremely tired.

Secure loads safely

Make sure any loads on your bike are securely fastened, with the heavier objects down low. Be sure the loads don't interfere with the steering or handling of your bike.

Be sure your passengers know what to do

Riding with a passenger makes controlling your bike more challenging. Passengers should wear proper riding gear, just as you do. Make sure a passenger knows how to sit, where to put feet and hands and how to lean through turns.