Summer means motorcycle weather. Before you pull your motorcycle out of storage, you will want to read these tips for safety. Motorcycling in New Jersey can be enjoyable but it is also important to take certain safety precautions. It is also important to know what to do if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident.
Here are a few important safety tips:
Before getting on your motorcycle, make sure you have the right protective gear including a helmet and padding. It is best to wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin if you fall. Additionally, a pair of glasses can be a good way to protect your eyes from flying debris, especially on the freeways.
Some times of the day and week are riskier when it comes to riding. Certain weekends, like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, are likely to have a lot of out-of-town tourists on the road. Rush hour can also be more difficult to navigate. You will also want to account for heat during these times.
Being covered in protective gear and stuck in stopped traffic can make it difficult to stay cool. It can also be a good idea to have a backup plan for inclement weather. Rainy conditions can make the road slippery and dangerous.
If you live in New Jersey, you likely have had your motorcycle in storage all winter. Before you bring it out of storage and hit the road, it may be worth it to drop it off for an inspection. Have preventative maintenance done on it and have the mechanics check for any safety concerns.
Distractions are dangerous, regardless of the type of vehicle you’re driving. However, they can be even more dangerous when on a motorcycle. Avoid using your phone or interacting with other drivers while navigating the roads on your motorcycle. If you bring a rider with you, avoid turning around to talk to them.
This also means avoiding anything that might reduce your response time, like drinking and driving. Even having a single drink can affect your response time enough to lead to an accident.
Evaluate your emergency plan before hitting the road. In addition to knowing where you will go to receive medical care and who the doctor should call to notify, it is also important to consider the legal implications. Motorcycle accidents are not only painful, but they are also expensive. Even a minor injury could lead to extended time off work and expensive medical bills.
The earlier that you call a lawyer, the more options you may have to collect the compensation you need to recover. While receiving medical care should always be a priority, the next things that you will want to do include gather evidence and witness contact information. Then, you may reach out to a motorcycle lawyer to protect your legal rights.
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