As summer starts to approach in Texas, you can see an increase in the number of motorcycles on the roadways and highways throughout the state. As enjoyable as it is to ride one, it can also be extremely dangerous regardless of how experienced of a driver you are.
This is where a thorough knowledge of proper safety awareness precautions can come in handy. In this post, our resident Texas motorcycle accident lawyer at Kirk Law Firm, Dana G. Kirk, shares the best practices that will keep you safe on the roads as a motorcyclist.
How Motorcyclists Can Avoid Crashing on the Roads in Texas?
Here are some tips for motorcycle riders to stay safe when driving:
Carefully Inspect Your Bike Before Riding
Sometimes, vehicle malfunctions can also result in a motorcycle accident. To prevent this, check both tires, brakes, head lights, fluid levels, and signal indicators before you drive your bike. All these components should be in proper working condition. If someone is going to be riding in the passenger seat, make sure the suspension and tire pressure is adjusted to take on the additional weight.
Use Proper Protective Gear at All Times
Wearing a helmet protects you from suffering any devastating brain injuries. Buy a helmet that meets the guidelines laid out by the US Department of Transportation. Follow their instructions regarding the care and usage of the helmet.
In addition to a helmet, wearing gloves that give your hands a better grip on your bike is also important. Our Texas motorcycle accident lawyer also recommends wearing clothing made of denim or leather to cover your legs and arms completely. While it may not be enough to prevent injuries in case of a crash, it will help shield against some damage.
Use Antilock Brakes
If your motorcycle does not have anti-lock brakes, check with a qualified mechanic if you can have them installed. Bikes with anti-lock brakes have a reduced risk of crashing since it stops the wheels from locking up – this prevents the motorcyclist from being thrown off the bike in case of a collision.
Be Careful of Your Surroundings While Driving
Make sure you always keep an eye out for wet leaves or sand on the road as it can make your bike’s tires skid. Also watch out for bumps and potholes in the road that could make you lose balance. As experienced Texas motorcycle accident lawyers, we know how bad weather can wreak havoc for motorcyclists. If the weather does not look good, or there is a torrential rain or fog, it’s best to avoid riding your motorcycle because your visibility (as well as other drivers’) will be significantly reduced.
Hire a Seasoned Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Texas which was caused by the careless or reckless conduct of another person, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
At Kirk Law Firm, Dana G. Kirk has represented a large number of motorcycle accident victims and their families in Texas since 1980, and helped them recover millions of dollars in damages. Write to us online to schedule a free consultation.