Riding a motorcycle can be an exciting and thrilling experience, but it also comes with certain risks that should not be overlooked. As a motorcycle rider, it’s crucial to be aware of your rights on the road and take necessary safety measures. Similarly, drivers should be considerate of the specific requirements of motorcyclists and learn how to share the road safely with them.
In this article, we’ll provide some essential tips for motorcycle safety that are applicable to riders and drivers alike. We’ll also provide information regarding your legal rights on the road and what to do if you find yourself hurt in an accident.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Wear Proper Protective Gear
Wearing a helmet, gloves, long pants, and a jacket can help protect you in the event of an accident. Brightly colored or reflective clothing can also help make you more visible to drivers. In the state of Minnesota, motorcyclists must wear protective eye gear that may include face shield, goggles, or glasses. Operators under the age of 18 are also required to wear a DOT-approved helmet.
For more information on laws and regulations, including requirements for motorcycle equipment, check out the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.
Follow Traffic Laws
Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers on the road. This means following traffic laws such as obeying speed limits, stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, and using turn signals.
Stay Alert and Focused
Riding a motorcycle requires your full attention and focus. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and anticipate potential hazards such as potholes or debris in the road.
Watch the Weather
Driving in rain can be dangerous for motorists, but for motorcyclists, it can be even more dangerous as you’re exposed to the elements. Wet roads can be slippery, so it’s essential to slow down and increase your following distance. You should also ensure that your motorcycle’s tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth to maintain traction on wet surfaces.
Any irregularities in the road surface can significantly reduce the traction and stability of your bike, putting you in danger. Therefore, it is crucial to avoid standing water as much as possible, as motorcycles can easily hydroplane on wet surfaces.
Ensure Your Coverage Is Sufficient
If an accident does occur, your injuries are going to be pretty significant. Therefore, be sure your motorcycle coverage is adequate enough to cover medical bills in the event that an accident happens, including no-fault coverage, which is an option for motorcycle coverage. Remember that having car insurance doesn’t not cover your motorcycle.
Motorcyclists Have Rights, Too
As fellow road users, motorcyclists are entitled to the same rights and responsibilities as any other motorist. This includes the right to utilize the full lane and the right to be treated with respect by other drivers.
We all must acknowledge and uphold these rights, as motorcyclists are often more vulnerable on the road than drivers of other vehicles. By sharing the road safely and responsibly, we can work together to ensure a safer and more harmonious driving experience for everyone.
As a driver, there are a few motorcycle safety tips to keep in mind when sharing the road with riders.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
Motorcycles can be difficult to see, especially in a driver’s blind spot. Always check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes or making a turn.
Respect the Motorcycle’s Space
Motorcycles require less space on the road than cars, but they still need room to maneuver. Give motorcyclists plenty of space and avoid tailgating or cutting them off.
Use Your Signals
Signaling your intentions can help prevent accidents. Use your turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn, and make sure to give motorcyclists plenty of notice.
Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, causing catastrophic injuries and leaving you with a mountain of expenses. Lost wages, high medical bills, repair costs, out-of-pocket expenses, and complicated insurance forms can all add up quickly. But you don’t have to face this alone
If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries or loss due to a motorcycle accident, contact Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.