Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating and fun experience, but it also comes with an element of risk. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic injury or death to the rider because there is little to protect the rider between their bike and the ground. While nothing can completely eliminate this risk, there are several things motorcyclists can do to protect themselves and reduce the risk of getting hurt in a preventable accident.
Consider these tips to help you avoid an accident:
- Complete a basic rider course. Motorcycle safety courses are available at a number of locations throughout the state. These courses teach riders the basics of staying safe on a motorcycle. Some places even offer courses free of charge!
- Wear bright and/or reflective gear. Wearing helmets, gloves, and other gear that is brightly colored and/or has reflective tape on it will make you more conspicuous to other drivers and less likely to get hit.
- Avoid lane splitting. Not only is the practice of driving in between lanes of traffic unsafe, it’s actually illegal in the state of Illinois.
- Maintain your bike. Regular maintenance is a critical part of ensuring that your bike stays in safe working condition. Make sure to regularly check your brakes, engine, headlamps, tires, and other gear.
- Never ride under the influence. It’s a reminder that bears repeating – never drink and drive. Even one drink can mean the difference between getting home safely and getting into an accident, so never take that risk.
At Cavanagh Law Group, we care about your safety. We hope that you never have to call us for help with a motorcycle accident claim, but if you or someone you know is ever hurt, you can rely on our firm to help. Our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys are committed to helping injured people get the compensation they need to cover their losses and get their lives back. Our clients pay nothing unless we successfully resolve their case.
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