Whether you have years of experience riding a motorcycle or whether you
recently purchased your first motorcycle, ensuring that you are riding
as safely as possible is imperative to your safety. Even the most experienced
riders can use a refresher in riding skills, as confidence alone can never
be a substitute for skilled and safe riding. The following are ways that
all motorcyclists can make sure they are as skilled as possible in riding.
Training courses are perhaps the most effective way to improve or maintain
your skills riding a motorcycle. The
Motorcycle Safety Foundation has specifically developed training courses for both new and veteran motorcyclists.
These courses are called the “
Basic RiderCourse” and the “Experienced RiderCourse” and both cover numerous
topics of interest, including braking, turning, and evasive maneuvers.
Motorcycles are inherently less visible than larger motor vehicles, thus
riders should do everything in their power to make themselves as visible
as possible on the roads. As a rider, you should always wear reflective
and bright clothing that can be easily noticed in day or night. You should
always use the appropriate working lights for the nighttime, but also
use daytime running lights. Make sure that your horn is properly working
so that you may use it to alert drivers of your presence.
Know how to react in less than perfect circumstances
Almost every motorcyclist will encounter less than desirable situations
while riding at one point or another. Such situations may include poor
road conditions, adverse weather, dangerous intersections, or circumstances
that may require emergency braking. Knowing how to react, stay calm, and
conduct oneself in an appropriate manner in these potentially dangerous
situations can help you avoid serious collisions and injuries.
When you start skidding while you are riding a motorcycle, it is completely
understandable that you may be frightened. However, it is important to
learn how to skid properly in order to reduce the risk of injury and collision
with other vehicles, objects, or the even the ground. The rules for braking
and steering vary during a skid depending on whether one or both tires
have locked up or whether you have lost traction with the road for another
reason. It is highly important to understand how to react during different
types of skids so that you come out of the skid safely and unharmed.
These are of course, only some examples of the motorcycle riding skills
that can help reduce injury and even save lives.
An experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help with your motorcycle
No matter how skilled a motorcycle rider you may be, you cannot control
the actions of the other drivers on the roads. Therefore, the chance of
accidents and serious injuries still exists for any individual riding
If you are injured by a negligent driver or other party, you deserve to
fully and fairly recover for all of your injuries and related losses and
should always consult with a
Georgia personal injury lawyer who understands
motorcycle accident claims. At the Atlanta law firm of Goldstein & Hayes, we are committed
to helping injured accident victims, so please call us today for a free