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Motorcycle Safety Tips

By: Fred Moore | Jan 31, 2020

Riding a motorcycle is much different than driving a car.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys at Moore Law Firm have represented many clients who sustained catastrophic injuries in motorcycle accidents. It’s vital to understand your responsibilities under Alabama motorcycle safety law. These tips can help you become a better rider and stay safe on the road.

Wear A Helmet Every Time You Go For A Drive

Wearing a helmet is the most effective way to protect yourself against catastrophic head and brain injuries. Not only that, both operators and passengers are required to wear helmets under Alabama motorcycle safety law. A face shield or protective eyewear add an extra layer of protection you’ll appreciate if you do get into an accident.

Wear Proper Safety Gear

In addition to wearing a helmet with a face shield, protective gear is critical to protect the rest of your body. Leather jackets, gloves, and boots that are specifically designed for motorcyclists can help minimize your chances of getting road rash or other injuries
in the event of an accident. Buying reflective gear or putting reflective tape on your clothing will make you more visible to other drivers as well.

Follow The Rules Of The Road

Following all traffic and motorcycle safety laws in Alabama can keep you and others safer when you’re on the road. Speeding is definitely out of the question; the faster you ride, the longer it takes you to stop, which can be deadly if you encounter traffic that’s at a standstill. Although a maximum of two motorcycles may share a lane side by side, you can forget about lane splitting — in Alabama, it’s illegal under motorcycle safety law.

Ride Defensively And Make Yourself Visible

Many motorists don’t even notice motorcycles when they’re driving, especially when a rider is making a left turn. Always be aware of your surroundings. Ride with your headlights on at all times and use turn signals well in advance of making lane changes or any turn. Avoid riding in drivers’ blind spots and keep an eye out for turning vehicles.

Keep Your Skills Sharp With Riding Courses

Although Alabama is one of a few states that don’t require a separate license or test for motorcyclists, completing a motorcycle safety class can help you learn how to perform evasive emergency maneuvers that could save your life. It also helps you hone your riding skills. Taking an approved safety course from time to time is a great refresher, and it’s always good to learn something new. You may even get a discount from your insurance company if you take motorcycle safety classes.

Don’t Drink And Ride

Avoid drugs and alcohol when you ride. According to the NHTSA, in 2016, 26% of motorcyclists killed in motorcycle accidents had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Being impaired affects your alertness and reduces reaction time, coordination, judgment, and balance. In addition to avoiding drugs and alcohol, make sure you’re well-rested when you get on your bike. Fatigue can also negatively affect your reaction time and riding skills.

Do A Bike Check Before You Get On The Road

Ensuring your motorcycle is fit for the road is just as essential as following Alabama motorcycle safety law. You never know when you may have a blown tire, mechanical malfunction, or burned-out headlight. Make sure to check the following:

  • Tires — Look for holes, bulges, and cracks in your tires, and always check the pressure before riding.
  • Lights — Check your turn signals, headlight, and taillight. These are critical for staying visible to other drivers.
  • Oil and Coolant — Check oil and coolant levels at least once a week and be on the lookout for any leaks
  • Brakes — Test both the front and rear brakes before you hit the road.
  • Horn — Your horn is another way to make motorists aware of your presence. Don’t ride without a working horn.
  • Mirrors — Alabama motorcycle safety law requires that motorcycles be equipped with at least one mirror. Adjust and clean your mirrors for better viewing while riding.

Contact A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Unfortunately, even if you follow all of the safety tips above, it is still possible to be involved in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, our experienced legal team can help you understand your rights under Alabama motorcycle safety law. At Moore Law Firm, our motorcycle accident attorneys fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 251-445-7602  or contact us online to schedule a free consultation