For some people, the best way to be out on the roads is to be astride a motorbike. There are plenty of motorbikes to choose from, some of which are more powerful than others. However, the more you know about riding a motorbike safely, the easier it will be to make sure you stay safe whenever you are out on the roads.
Speed is obviously an issue to be aware of. Some bikers do ride too fast, and this gives them little margin for error. The faster you are going on your bike, the more opportunity there is to suffer serious injuries – or worse – if something goes wrong. Stick to the speed limits and be alert to your surroundings at all times.
Don’t assume other drivers can see you
All drivers have blind spots. As a biker, you have a greater chance of being injured if you are in a driver’s blind spot and they don’t see you as a result. Be very careful when overtaking, and make sure you don’t weave through traffic at speed, because you aren’t giving anyone else any time to see you if they decide to pull out of their lane.
Riding a motorbike safely also means observing all road signs and warnings. While the majority of bikers do this, some take unnecessary risks. When this happens it can lead to an increased chance of injuries occurring.
Make sure you wear the proper protective equipment
No dedicated biker would ever consider getting on their bike without the proper safety equipment. This does of course mean wearing a helmet, but you should also ensure you invest in a good set of leathers. They may not prevent broken bones in the event of an accident, but they could prevent superficial injuries and those that can result in a serious loss of skin and tissue.
Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with many injury claims from bikers over the years. There are times when bikers are not at fault for the injuries they suffer, and if someone else is proven to be the guilty party, there is a chance they could make a no win, no fee claim. Could you make such a claim? Why not find out now by calling us free of charge on 0800 689 0500? A quick call can help determine whether a professional injury compensation lawyer could help.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead