April 24th 2012 by Larry Buckfire
Motorcycles are no doubt fun to ride. With summer just around the corner, we will soon start seeing more and more motorcyclists take to Michigan’s roadways. However, it is also important to remember that motorcycle accidents can have devastating consequences especially for riders and passengers. It is often the people on the motorcycle who suffer major injuries when a collision occurs between a motorcycle and another vehicle. Solo motorcycle accidents can be tragic as well.
There are several steps motorcyclists can take to ensure that they are safe while riding on Michigan roadways this summer. Before taking your motorcycle out, you should always make sure that your motorcycle is in good working condition. Check your tires for any bulges, cracks or signs of wear in the treads. Make sure there are no oil or gas leaks. Also, ensure that all lights are functioning properly. It is also important that you check your motorcycle’s hydraulic and coolant fluids.
It also helps to remind yourself about some of the safety measures to take when you are riding. Maintain safe spacing, which means that you should leave plenty of space in front and back and to the sides from all other vehicles. This gives you the space and time to react to situations. Be wary of oncoming left turners. Vehicles turning left in front of motorcyclists is the leading cause of fatal motorcycle accidents. Slow down before entering an intersection. Stay visible. Don’t try to keep up with friends who are more experienced. Know your personal limits.
Be particularly careful while rounding out curves. Slow down and look for opposing traffic. Do not give in to road rage or get in a fight with other motorists. Such situations rarely have a good outcome. If you see someone tailgating you, speed up and safely get ahead or pull over and let them pass. Avoid riding at night when there may be several issues outside your control such as poor visibility and drunk drivers. Never ride a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last but not the least, wear a Department of Transportation-approved motorcycle helmet.
No matter how prepared you are, accidents can happen. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one, an experienced Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options. It is important that you get a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney on your side who will fight hard for your rights and make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, damages and losses.