Motorcycle season is here. Riders from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas are sprucing up their rides and planning summer fun. At Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, we’re asking motorcyclists to take extra safety precautions this year before hitting the open road.
Establishing good safety habits, following expert riding tips, developing a sound riding strategy and taking rider training courses can all improve your overall safety profile and reduce your risk of a collision and subsequent injury.
The Manley family explain how Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben took the legal burden off of their shoulders so they could focus on recovery after a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accidents are 28 times more likely to kill you than car accidents, bus accidents and truck accidents. Speeding and inexperience are usually to blame, and inexperience is more dangerous than speeding.
Assess your expertise. If you have deficiencies, take a safe driving course. Avoid riding in areas where conditions are more challenging than your current skill set can handle.
Motorcycle safety is especially important because, unlike with other vehicles, bikes offer zero protection for the rider. Because you are fully exposed, even a small hit can cause serious damage.
Bikes are not equipped with safety features like airbags and seatbelts. You can be hurled from a bike or get hit directly. Catastrophic burns, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and spinal cord injuries can all be part of the aftermath.
You can increase your level of protection on the road when you wear a DOT-approved helmet and bright-colored clothing to increase your visibility.
Of the 29 people who died in motorcycle accidents during the first part of 2020, only nine of them were wearing helmets. Seven riders did not even have a valid motorcycle license.
Rider training courses are an excellent investment for anyone who takes motorcycle riding seriously. A safe riding strategy gives beginners confidence. Advanced riders gain greater control over the bike, and that makes the ride more fun. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Safety Center provides Minnesota riders of all skill levels with affordable, high-quality professional training and education.
Listed here are some advanced skills used in motorcycle safety. If you don’t understand a concept, consider expanding your skill set with a motorcycle riding safety course.
Stay In Your Comfort Zone
Comfort affects your ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of roadway challenges. When you feel calm and confident, your behavior will reflect it.
Don’t Ride When You’re Upset
If you feel stressed or uncomfortable, it can affect your decision-making and cloud your ability to see situations clearly. Do something else, and give your motorcycle the day off.
Learn to recognize distracted and inattentive drivers so you can work around them. Because you are always at risk on a motorcycle, you must learn to predict what other drivers might do. Don’t resort to daredevil maneuvers unless you have thoroughly mastered them.
Look twice before making a turn or changing your lane. Curves and corners are where most accidents occur, so be especially vigilant at intersections.
You can increase your confidence and decrease your stress if you master the terrain of one territory before exploring another.
Don’t drink and drive. Don’t speed, either. The faster you move, the more competence you’ll need to negotiate the roadway without incident.
At Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, we know firsthand that motorcycle accidents can be deadly and devastating for everyone involved. We can help by taking care of the legal process while you focus on recovery. If you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent driver, contact us to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney free of charge by calling (612) 377-7777 or toll-free at 1 (800) 752-4265.