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    Motorcycles are cool, but riding a motorcycle can be dangerous and risky. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are more likely to experience fatal injuries than any other category of motorist. In fact, they are 29 times more likely to die in a crash than passengers in a car. 

    A motorcyclist puts their life at risk every time they hit the open road. Operating a motorcycle without having the proper skills can increase the risks even more. This is why it can be valuable for you to take a motorcycle safety course to reduce the risk of serious accidents. 

    Following safety rules and wearing appropriate safety gear are two of the most important steps you can take to keep yourself safe. To make your riding experience safe and fun, we have compiled some useful motorcycle safety tips. Continue reading to learn more about how you can be safe on the road. 

    1. Wear a safety helmet and protective eyewear

    A safety helmet is essential equipment for safely riding a motorcycle, even though some states allow adults to ride a motorcycle without wearing one. For instance, in Florida, if you are at least 21 and carry at least $10,000 in medical coverage, you are not legally required to wear a helmet. 

    It is crucial to understand that safety helmets and protective eyewear are for your safety and can prevent the risks of devastating injuries. 

    If you are seriously injured in a motorcycle crash despite wearing appropriate safety gear, you can consult a Miami motorcycle accident lawyer to learn about your options for recovering compensation. 

    2. Se motorcycle personal protective equipment

    Wearing protective clothing while riding your motorcycle can reduce the risk of serious injuries in the event of a crash. Otherwise, a skid or a minor accident can lead to unexpectedly critical injuries. You should wear a jacket, gloves, pants, and protective eyewear. In addition, you should also have rain gear handy to protect yourself from inclement weather. Attaching reflective tape to your protective jacket or clothing helps make you more visible to other drivers on the road.

    3. Do not operate a motorcycle in a compromised state

    You should never operate a motorcycle while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You should also skip riding when you feel fatigued. Whether you are riding a motorcycle or driving any other type of vehicle, driving in such situations puts you and others on the road at risk.

    4. Follow the rules of the road

    In every situation you face, you should always obey the traffic rules. Make yourself aware of the safety laws in your state, and ensure that you are following them appropriately. If you are moving to a new state or traveling across state lines, you should learn about their rules, too. Follow the speed limit, helmet rules, and other laws to ensure that you are driving as safely as possible and following the law. 

    5. Take a riding course

    Taking a motorcycle riding course can help to sharpen your skills. It can also help you learn different techniques for riding, which can decrease your risk of facing accidents. During these courses, you can receive guidance from experts.

    6. Inspect your motorcycle before riding

    Before heading out for a long drive, inspect your bike to make sure it is in top operating form. By inspecting the bike, you can have some warning about the potential mechanical risks that may arise. If you know of a mechanical problem, this can help you to prevent some types of dangerous accidents. In situations in which your bike requires maintenance, you should not delay it. Ensure that your motorcycle is in good condition before going out. Additionally, you should also check the weather conditions before going on a ride.

    7. Watch the road carefully

    It is very important for all motorists to focus on the road and drive carefully. Being attentive to road conditions and potential hazards can help you to reduce the risk of accidents and severe injuries. To avoid distractions, focus exclusively on the road and avoid using your phone or anything else that could take your attention away from operating your bike.

    8. Keep your headlights on to stay safe

    A motorcyclist should never assume that other drivers on the road can see them clearly. Poor visibility can lead to critical injuries. Risks increase when other drivers are distracted or have vision-related issues. In other cases, dust, fog, or other weather conditions may prevent other drivers from clearly seeing you. 

    To reduce the risk of accidents, you should always ride with your headlights turned on. Look carefully before taking turns, and pay attention to other drivers’ moves. In addition, you should always signal when you are looking to change your direction.

    9. Practice braking in all types of conditions

    Taking a safety course can help you prepare for braking in different types of road conditions, including rain, sleet, snow, gravel, spills, and heavy traffic. You can even consider upgrading your bike to anti-lock brakes to provide more protection.

    10. Practice taking careful turns

    Most motorcycle accidents occur because many motorcyclists do not have the skills to make safe turns in critical situations. You should consider taking a safety course to learn how to balance and appropriately maneuver your bike. Practicing beforehand can help you immensely, and you can understand the tricks to reducing the risks of an accident. 

    Accidents are unexpected and may occur despite following all safety tips. If you are injured in a serious motorcycle accident, you can speak with an experienced Miami injury lawyer to learn what steps you can take following the crash.


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    Mr. Berke is an experienced attorney based in Southwest Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Degree from Indiana University in 1982 and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida in 1985. Since 1986, he has been running his own law firm, Berke Law Firm, P.A., exclusively representing injured individuals. He is admitted to practice in various courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Berke specializes in workers' compensation, social security disability, defective drug/device litigation, employment law, and overtime claims. He is actively involved in professional associations and community organizations, advocating for the rights of employees and claimants.

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