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Staying Safe On A Motorcycle


MAKE SURE YOU ARE PROPERLY LICENSED

Driving a car and riding a motorcycle require different skills and knowledge. Although motorcycle-licensing regulations vary, all States require a motorcycle license endorsement to supplement your automobile driver's license. To receive the proper endorsement in most States, you'll need to pass written and on-cycle skills tests administered by your State's licensing agency. Some States require you to take a State-sponsored rider education course. Others waive the on-cycle skills test if you've already taken and passed a State-approved course. Either way, completing a motorcycle rider education course is a good way to ensure you have the correct instruction and experience it takes to ride a motorcycle. Contact your state motor vehicle administration to find a motorcycle rider-training course near you.


Of the motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2017, 29% were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.


PRACTICE OPERATING YOUR MOTORCYCLE

Given the fact that motorcycles vary in handling and responsiveness, be sure to take the time to get accustomed to the feel of a new or unfamiliar motorcycle by riding it in a controlled area. Once you feel comfortable with your bike, you can take it into traffic. Make sure you know how to handle your motorcycle in a variety of conditions (e.g., inclement weather or encountering hazards such as slick roads, potholes, and road debris).


BEFORE EVERY RIDE

Check your motorcycle’s tire pressure and tread depth, hand and foot brakes, headlights and signal indicators, and fluid levels before you ride. You should also check under the motorcycle for signs of oil or gas leaks. If you're carrying cargo, you should secure and balance the load on the cycle; and adjust the suspension and tire pressure to accommodate the extra weight. If you're carrying a passenger, he or she should mount the motorcycle only after the engine has started; should sit as far forward as possible, directly behind you; and should keep both feet on the foot rests at all times, even when the motorcycle is stopped. Remind your passenger to keep his or her legs and feet away from the muffler. Tell your passenger to hold on firmly to your waist, hips, or belt; keep movement to a minimum; and lean at the same time and in the same direction as you do. Do not let your passenger dismount the motorcycle until you say it is safe.


Melman Law Group

When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else's negligence, Melman Law Group feels it is important that you understand the compensation you may be able to receive. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Roswell, GA work on a contingency basis meaning that we do not get paid if you are not justly compensated for your injuries and property damage. Your claim will depend on factors such as whether your injury was caused by malice or intentional harm, how severe your injuries are, and the amount of current and/or future medical bills you may have. Let our team of trusted motorcycle accident attorneys fight for you, to get the settlement you deserve.


Call or text your experienced motorcycle accident lawyers 24/7 at 770.365.7556 or visit us on any of our social media pages.


Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety#topic-motorcyclist-safety

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