Tips for safe riding
When the weather cooperates, residents of Portland and other nearby areas often enjoy a day of cruising the backroads and highways. Motorcycles are just as much a part of the roadways as passenger vehicles. That is why passenger vehicle drivers are expected to keep an eye out for motorcyclists. It only takes one negligent maneuver to cause a severe crash.
While it is important that drivers be courteous and aware when sharing the road with motorcycles, there are some safeguards that bikers can utilize to prevent a motorcycle accident. Riding a motorcycle is not the same as driving a passenger vehicle. It takes an adequate level of training, skill and awareness to ride safely.
There are several ways motorcyclists can stay safe on Portland area roadways:
- Gear up – Motorcyclists should always wear proper protective gear. Helmets, eye wear, gloves, boots, and other protective clothing, can prevent a severe – or life threatening – injury from occurring in the event of an accident.
- Obey the speed limit and traffic signals – Speeding or disregarding traffic signals will greatly increase the chances of being injured in a motorcycle accident. And without the protective frame of an automobile, motorcyclists can be severely injured.
- Be cautious of other drivers – Never assume that drivers can see you. Always keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles and practice defensive riding to avoid an accident. Making yourself visible helps increase awareness of passenger vehicle drivers.
- Never ride while impaired – Always stay sober and awake before operating a motorcycle. Riding while drunk, drugged or drowsy, could reduce your judgment and reaction time.
- Make sure your ride is running OK – A defective motorcycle is never safe to take on the road. Always ensure that your brakes work and everything is properly maintained.
- Avoid hazardous weather – While it may be difficult to avoid an unexpected rain storm, motorcyclists should avoid riding in hazardous weather. Never ride during slippery, foggy or excessively windy conditions.
- Watch out for road defects – Be cautious of sand, debris, potholes, uneven surfaces and other obstacles that could contribute to an accident.
- Get further training – When it comes to motorcycle safety, you can never receive enough training. Improving your riding skills only reduces your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Our attorneys can help
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, Zbinden & Curtis, Attorneys at Law can help. We have decades of experience and legal knowledge in handling motorcycle accident claims in Oregon. Do your best to be cautious and aware, but if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to speak with an experienced Portland motorcycle accident attorney. You should not have to suffer because of a driver’s irresponsible and reckless behavior. Contact us today for a free consultation.