What to know about riding a motorcycle

May 10, 2021 | Crandall & Pera Law
What to know about riding a motorcycle

Statistically speaking, motorcyclists are at a greater risk of getting hurt in an accident compared to those who travel Ohio roadways in passenger vehicles. However, there are steps that you can take to minimize your risk of getting hurt while riding.

Wear the proper safety gear

It's important to cover as much of your body as possible whenever you are riding on a public road or highway. Ideally, you'll wear a leather jacket, boots and pants to provide the most protection against car accident injuries such as road rash. Furthermore, you should wear a helmet to minimize your risk of a concussion, cracked skull or other head injuries.

Make sure that your bike is in good condition

You should carefully inspect your bike prior to each ride for any signs of tire, frame or other types of damage. If you notice any defects, it's important to remedy them as soon as possible. This is because even a minor problem could be the reason why you get into an accident. It's also in your best interest to adhere to the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. Doing so can minimize the risk of an oil leak, poor brake performance or other problems.

Stay calm

Road rage can be a problem for anyone who travels on a road or highway. Therefore, it's important to clear your mind before traveling to ensure that you get to your destination safely. Clearing your mind can also make it easier to concentrate on road conditions, which can further reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it could be in your best interest to contact an attorney. He or she may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. You might receive a financial award through a negotiated settlement or at the conclusion of a formal trial.