Motorcycles are a fun, cost-efficient, and stylish mode of transportation, and it is no secret why so many individuals throughout the state of Maryland choose to ride them. That being said, despite their benefits, they also have their drawbacks. For example, they are sometimes very unsafe. Fortunately, our Maryland personal injury attorneys have compiled this short list of various safety precautions you can take to ensure your safety and that of all other motorists on the road. Please continue reading to learn more about what you can do.
- Ensure that you always wear gear that can protect you from harm’s way. This includes, of course, a helmet that complies with Maryland’s motorcycle helmet regulations, protective eyewear, as well as knee pads and a padded jacket that may shield your skin from skidding against the pavement, should you ever fall off your bike.
- Do not take to the road without checking your motorcycle over. A quick check to ensure everything is working may save your life. That being said, you should also note that if you are riding your motorcycle and something either goes wrong or doesn’t feel right, your best bet is to pull over and call someone for help. Do not simply try and make it to the mechanic on your own, as this can result in a serious accident.
- Speeding, as well as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are the top causes of motorcycle accidents. Avoid doing both of these things at all times.
- Ensure you obey all other rules and regulations of the road. They are in place for a reason, and doing so may save your life. At the very least, if you are injured in an accident and were following the rules of the road, you may be able to sue for the compensation you need to heal.
- Never tail other motorists–this means staying at least 3 car lengths back from all other drivers.
- Be constantly aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on what all other motorists are doing, and ensure that you always use the appropriate hand signals or your blinker when turning so all others know what you are doing.
- Make yourself seen as well. This means ensuring your bike is equipped with reflective gear, and if you plan on riding your motorcycle at night, ensure that you wear bright clothing so all others on the road are aware of your location.
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