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What can enhance your safety as a new motorcyclist out on the road?

On Behalf of | May 6, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles can be exhilarating to ride. They can also be very dangerous.

Various factors may impact how seriously you may be injured if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident. Your knowledge of this information may affect what type of motorcycle you purchase and how you operate it.

Your body type should affect your choice of motorcycle

Smaller motorcycles tend to be safest for newer, inexperienced motorcyclists and those with certain body frames.

A larger motorcycle requires more upper body strength. This may make it more challenging for individuals with smaller builds to maneuver and mount one. It is also more of a challenge for a motorcyclist to brake or balance their bike if it’s too tall for them.

There is a difference between cruising and touring bikes. Cruising bikes generally have lower seat heights, whereas touring bikes are often on the heavier side. Trikes, which are motorcycles with sidecars, might be ideal for operators who have balancing issues.

Motorcycle helmets save lives

Motorcyclists should always wear a helmet, even if local regulations don’t require them to do so. Helmets should meet current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements. Riders should replace them once every five years or immediately following an accident.

Maintaining your motorcycle

You should always inspect your bike before taking off on it. You’ll want to properly inflate your tires, check your brakes to verify that they work and your lights to see if they’re in working order as well.

What to do if you’re involved in a crash

Many motorcyclists’ worst fears are having a car or truck strike them. They run the risk of suffering catastrophic injuries or dying if this happens. You’re sure to have significant bills if you have an accident. An attorney can advise you how Virginia law might allow you to recover compensation in your case.