Does anyone else have their eyes on the weekend weather forecasts? Riding season is almost here! While we’re all excited to get back out there, it’s important to be prepared to prevent motorcycle accidents and injuries throughout the season.
Here are 7 things every motorcyclist needs to do to be road-ready:
1. Make sure you’re properly licensed
Getting a standard AL Class M motorcycle license is a fairly simple, but thorough process in Alabama. Learn about the process here.
2. Obtain (or renew) your motorcycle insurance coverage
Motorcycle insurance is required in many states, and the cost of motorcycle insurance varies widely depending on the type of bike you ride, your driving history, and other personal details. Motorcycle insurance can include liability insurance, collision insurance, comprehensive insurance, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
3. Gear up
Motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. But, with the right riding gear, you can protect yourself in the event of an accident and against whatever weather you find yourself riding in. Here are 5 must-have pieces of riding gear:
● Helmet: Injury statistics (and common sense) tell us that helmets provide the best available protection in a motorcycle accident. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation covers what to consider when selecting a helmet here.
● Gloves: Gloves not only protect your hands in an accident but also help absorb the vibrations of the motorcycle, which reduces the tingling and numbness you may experience after riding. Motorbike Rider rounded up the top gloves on the market here.
● Jacket: A motorcycle jacket keeps you warm while protecting your upper body and skin in an accident. They look pretty cool, too. A high-quality textile jacket or leather jacket will do the trick.
● Pants: Motorcycle pants are usually the piece of gear that the vast majority of riders skip, but wearing tough, durable pants should make sense in the case of an accident and everyday riding. Motorbike Rider lists the best pants to buy here.
● Boots: Motorcycle boots provide traction and protect the small bones in your feet in the case of a crash. There are several styles and functions for riding boots, but Motorbike Rider lists several options for a variety of situations here.
4. Inspect your motorcycle
It’s time to get your motorcycle road ready! The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends a T-CLOCS inspection before any ride, but especially after a motorcycle has been stored for winter. T-CLOCS stands for tires, controls, lights and electronics, oil and other fluids, chassis, and stands — all the parts you should inspect thoroughly before riding. If you don’t have the time or feel comfortable performing this routine inspection and maintenance, ask a service shop to take a look at your motorcycle. A well-maintained motorcycle will help prevent accidents and injuries!
5. Review tips for safe riding
Be aware of local laws and rules of the road. Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider’s right of way, so never assume that a driver can see you. Always ride with your headlights on, stay out of a driver’s blind spot, signal well in advance of any change in direction, and watch for turning vehicles.
6. Refresh your riding skills
Even seasoned riders will need to refresh their riding skills after a few months off the bike. Give yourself some time to get reacquainted with your bike. Practice braking, safely swerving, cornering and counter-steering, obstacle avoidance, and scanning for hazards before venturing too far.
7. Put an attorney on speed dial
Unfortunately, crashes, accidents, and injuries do happen. Having an attorney on your side after an accident is a key to recovering the benefits you deserve. The insurance company will have an army of lawyers helping them, so you should, too!
Contact Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Mark Petro of Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys. Mark is a founding member of the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers and the author of Your Legal Guide to Motorcycle Injury Compensation and The Truth About Injury Claims. He has represented more than a thousand Alabamians injured as a result of motorcycle, car, and truck accidents. Mark is passionate about protecting the rights of injured bikers and is here to be your legal guide to motorcycle injury compensation. Call Mark and let us fight for you!
Request a FREE copy of Your Legal Guide to Motorcycle Injury Compensation here and The Truth About Injury Claims here.