Practice Proper Motorcycle Safety When Riding This Summer
Getting out on the road and riding your motorcycle throughout the beautiful scenery of Louisiana can make any day a special experience. While riding may be something you love to do, safety should always come first.
Motorcycle safety starts with wearing a helmet and appropriate safety attire. The law in Louisiana is that all bikers must wear a certified helmet when riding. Protecting your life and your safety, as well as the safety of those around you, is the most important thing you can do as a motorcyclist.
Here are a few simple steps to follow when out riding:
1. Wear a motorcycle helmet
2. Wear safe riding attire.
3. Do not speed.
4. Keep your motorcycle inspected and maintained regularly.
5. Beware of cars turning left at intersections when on your bike. Many accidents every year are caused by drivers that did not see approaching motorcyclists at an intersection, either because they were not paying attention, or because the rider was in their blind spot.
6. Take the proper motorcycle safety education classes and have a current motorcycle registration and driver’s license.
These are just a few easy things you can do to minimize risk of suffering a serious injury if involved in an accident.
While most bikers follow the rules of the road, often times other vehicles such as cars and trucks cause accidents with motorcyclists because they failed to see an approaching biker or were driving irresponsibly. Because motorcycles offer little protection from other vehicles and hazardous road conditions, wearing a helmet is the best decision a rider can make to protect themselves. Even experienced riders can benefit from the added safety of a motorcycle helmet.
Motorcycle helmets are the most effective way for riders to avoid serious or fatal injuries in the event of an accident. The Centers for Disease Control have found that wearing a helmet reduces the rate of rider fatalities by 22%, and the rate of brain injuries by 41%.
Here are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles on choosing a motorcycle helmet that is right for you:
- A brand new helmet should feel tight around your head and the sides of your face without putting too much pressure on any one area.
- A helmet should never feel loose at any time.
- To find your proper helmet measurements, use a tape measure around your forehead, just over the ears to get circumference of your head. Then consult a sizing chart at your local motorcycle equipment retailer.
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, call Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.
When you call, an experienced Louisiana Motorcycle Accident attorney will speak with you for free and help provide the answers you seek. At Gauthier Amedee, we will fight to protect your rights and help you through your situation. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. We don’t get paid until your case is settled and until you get paid.
Don’t Delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.June 23rd, 2016