The first blush of warm spring weather in Rhode Island brings out motorcyclists. There are more than six million motorcycles on our nation’s roadways, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Before revving up your engine, it is important to pay close attention to tips that can help prevent injuries or fatalities on the road.
If you are novice rider, it is important to understand the risks involved before you start riding. Even if you’re a seasoned rider, it is still a good idea to refresh your memory when it comes to safe riding habits and eliminating motorcycle accidents.
What Can I Do To Maintain Safety On The Streets?
Spring weather can be unpredictable. Especially when a winter season looms into the months of March and April. Here are some tips to remaining safe this spring on your motorcycle:
- Be aware of wet, slick roads: Spring showers can wreak havoc on the roadways. In fact, roads are often slickest after a brief rain because of dirt and oil remaining on the water’s surface and do not get washed away immediately.
- Avoid puddles: Puddles may be cause your motorcycle to hydroplane or miss potholes underneath.
- If possible, avoid riding in the rain: If you must travel, don’t ride on painted lines and metal surfaces because they offer less traction.
- Avoid breakdown lanes and street corners: Street corners and intersections often are coated with sand, which can be treacherous for turning motorcycles.
What Should I Wear While Riding A Motorcycle?
It is important that you make yourself and your motorcycle as visible as possible to motorcycles. Wear bright-colored clothing that makes you more noticeable. Always wear a helmet, even if you are riding a short distance. According to NHTSA, helmets save lives.
NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,630 motorcyclists in 2013 In Rhode Island, only riders or passengers who are under 21 are required to wear helmets. But, in neighboring Massachusetts, riders of all ages are required to wear helmets. Motorcyclists would also benefit from proper clothing such as long pants, leather boots, gloves and a leather jacket that could protect them from road rash injuries, should they take a nasty spill.
Contact a RI Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers located at 88F Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02888. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 401-490-6907 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.