Top Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
Our personal injury team regularly help clients who have been involved in motorbike accident so they have come up with some great tips and advice to keep you safe when riding.
Biking is a great pastime, however, an element of risk is synonymous with any vulnerable road user – even the most seasoned biker. Our Road Traffic Injury Lawyers always think bike! So here we’ve narrowed down our top tips to help reduce the chance of you being involved in an accident.
Always Wear a Helmet
This one you should already know. Head Injuries are one of the main causes of death in motorbike accidents, and for that reason it is the law in the UK to wear one. Always choose one that fits properly - and when picking between the ninja black design and the brighter white option, take our word for it: the more luminous and visible you are to other road-users, the better.
Wear the Correct Accessories
While it may be tempting to wear a t-shirt and flip flops while going out for a ride in the summer, it won’t protect you if you are involved in an accident and you are literally sliding along the carriageway! There is a reason most bikers will wear leather or heavy jackets – they are simply better at protecting you should you fall off. Always dress suitably for your journey and wear protective clothing on everything you want to protect
Don’t get Distracted
Always remain aware of everything going on around you. While you might think it's great to listen to your favourite music while riding, it can slo stop you hearing important things, like other vehicles. You may feel like you are king of the road, but motorbikes can be difficult for other road users to see, especially HGVs, so you should always pay attention to your driving.
Check Your Bike Before you set off
It’s always sensible to check your tyres, oil, lights, mirrors etc. before you make a journey. If any of them were faulty, you could not only be breaking the law, but also putting yourself and others at risk. In the event of an accident, you could be in legal trouble if your vehicle is found to be in any way defective.
Take a Course
It’s a legal requirement to complete your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) before setting out on your motorbike for the first time. You should also consider taking an Advanced course too, such as RoSPA’s Advanced Motorcycle Training course, The Institute for Advanced Motoring course or the UK Government’s Enhanced Rider Scheme. Motorbikes are powerful machines to handle, so the more skilled you are, the better your riding skills will be.
Always Look as far Ahead as Possible
This will help you to plan for hazards, rather than reacting to them as they happen. This is something even more experienced riders sometimes forget to do. Looking and thinking ahead could really help you to avoid an accident.
Trust your Mirrors – but not Totally
It's always important to check your mirrors when driving and maneuvering, but also remember they won’t always tell the full story. A quick look over your shoulder can help you spot other vehicles who may be in your blind spot.
Ride Appropriately and Consider Weather Conditions
Wet and icy roads will be slippery, as well as sand-covered roads. Always be aware of your surroundings and remember riding a motorbike is hugely different to driving a car. While your stopping distance may be shorter, there is also an increased risk of you skidding.
Please remember that if you are unfortunately involved in an accident, these points may be assessed when deciding who is at fault. Legal proceedings could then possibly take place so, as they say, “forewarned is forearmed!”
If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, our team of Motorcycle Accident Solicitors can help. It doesn’t matter whether you were the driver or the passenger on the bike - our expert team can help you through any legal process. Some of our team are bikers themselves, and they know that motorcycle accidents are different to other road accidents so they have the specialist knowledge and understanding to help you get the right outcome.
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