As the weather warms up in Tennessee, more and more motorcyclists will take to the streets. Joy & John Day are former riders and, at this time of year, they know all too well the itch to get out on the road on a motorcycle. But before hitting the streets, motorcycle operators and riders should refresh themselves on some of the safety basics. And, of course, car and truck drivers should anticipate more motorcycles on the road and be on the lookout for them.
First, let’s start with the basics. If it has been a while since you have ridden or you are a new rider or if you have never taken a motorcycle safety course, we urge you to do so. Not only do you receive lots of valuable safety information on how best to protect yourself on a bike but you get a reduction in your insurance rate by law.
Because your motorcycle has likely been sitting for a while, it is imperative that you do a safety check on it. Do your tires have sufficient tread and are they properly inflated? Are all lights functioning properly? Is your helmet in good condition? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a helpful webpage for determining the best type of helmet for the shape and size of your head and for determining if your helmet meets basic safety requirements.
Each time you ride, be sure to wear proper gear. Ideally, riders should wear jeans or leather on arms and legs, gloves to protect hands, boots to protect feet and ankles and a helmet. Preferably, riders should be wearing some reflective gear or brighter colors to help make themselves more visible to other motorists. If carrying cargo, be sure to make sure it is properly secured and balanced so handling is not compromised. If carrying a passenger, be sure to instruct them on how to be a good passenger i.e., keep foot on footrests, lean at the same time and the same direction as you, sit as far forward as possible and hold onto you (the driver) or the bike.
Remember, most car and truck drivers who get into an accident with a motorcycle say they simply did not see the motorcyclist. So, drive defensively. According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analyzed by insurance experts, Tennessee ranks 7th in the country in the number of motorcycle accidents. So be safe out there.
And if you need us, our award-winning lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience helping motorcycle accident victims and their families. We offer a free initial consultation so it does not cost you anything to find out if we think you have a case and to learn more about your legal rights. We handle all motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis so we only get paid if we recover money for you.