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Motorcycling Season Kicks Off – Stay Safe with These Tips

Image result for motorcycle negligenceThe month of May kicks off the warmer months of the year, the time that every motorcyclist looks forward to. Every motorcyclist should be aware of the need to stay safe at all times and the odds against him if he is ever involved in an accident.

As the number of motorcycle riders across the country has increased, there has also been a corresponding increase in the number of accidents involving riders. Some demographics have been even more at risk than others. For example, older male motorcycle riders now form a significant chunk of the total motorcycle fatality toll ever year.

This May, look out for motorcycling events in your area or close to you. These offer the chance to update your skills and learn more about safety and safe riding. Participating in these events does not just give you a chance to mingle with the larger motorcycling community, but also to learn more.

There are some motorcycle safety tips that are standard for all riders, regardless of whether they are amateurs or experienced riders who have been riding for decades.

Dress for motorcycling. That involves wearing a helmet that meets the standards set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Wear long -sleeved jackets and full pants in denim or leather. Wear boots to protect your feet and ankles and gloves for better grip and more protection.

Always ride at safe speeds, especially when you’re riding on busy roads.

Keep a safe distance between your motorcycle and the vehicle or car in front of you.

When riding on busy roads, ride as though the other drivers around cannot see you, because the fact is that they are very likely to miss seeing you. Motorists are conditioned to look out for other cars or larger vehicles, like trucks. They do not really look out for smaller, narrower vehicles.

Alcohol and drugs are not a motorcyclist’s friends.  They significantly increase your chances of being involved in an accident.

This May is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of motorcycling safety skills. Don’t always expect motorists to do the right thing and watch out for you. Instead, watch out for motorists around you and do everything you can to remain safe.

The Indianapolis lawyers at Monstross Miller represent persons injured in motorcycling accidents in the Indianapolis region and across Indiana.