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Follow these tips to say safe on your new motorcycle

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2017 | Motorcycle Accidents

You are finally in a position to buy your first motorcycle. You have been looking forward to this moment since you were a teenager. Finally, you will get to enjoy the freedom of the open road and extremely low gas mileage. While there are great benefits to riding a motorcycle, there are also many dangers. Motorcycle riders have a 30 percent higher risk of dying in a car crash versus people in a car.

Since riding a motorcycle increases your risk of injury, it is important that you take the time to prepare for and avoid risks. Maintaining the speed limit and not drinking alcohol are two key things you can do to avoid injury. However, no matter how many precautions you take, you are still at risk from other drivers.

In general, people behind the wheel do not consciously see motorcycles. Instead, they are looking for other cars. This means that every time you climb onto your bike, you are at risk of becoming involved in an accident with a car. Since a crash caused by car or truck can be potentially devastating, it is important that you understand your rights and options in New Jersey.

Read below for motorcycle safety tips that can lessen your chances of a serious injury.

Buy a bike that fits you

Be sure that you purchase a motorcycle that you can handle. You should be able to place both feet flat on the ground while you are seated on the bike. If you have to use your tiptoes, then the bike is too tall for you. You should be able to reach the bike’s controls and handlebars comfortably as well. Also, choose a bike that is not too heavy for you, even if it means going with a slightly smaller model than the one you originally wanted.

Don’t skip the antilock breaks

Antilock brakes can be the difference between being involved in a fatal crash and avoiding it altogether. If you have to come to a sudden stop and your brakes lock up, you can lose complete control of your bike. This can result in a serious crash. Antilock brakes will help you maintain control if you have to make a quick stop and in bad weather conditions.

Practice makes perfect

Take a riding safety course to help you hone your riding skills. You can learn the basics, advanced techniques, and even how to handle emergency maneuvers. It is possible that the course will also help you get a discount on your insurance.

Choose the right helmet

New Jersey requires that you always ride with a helmet. It is important to note that not all helmets are created equal. Be sure the head protection you purchase is DOT certified. Since helmet wear out over time, do not buy one that is second hand. Also, consider purchasing a full-face helmet for maximum protection. Be prepared to replace your headgear every five years or immediately following even minimal damage or a crash.

Ride defensively

Studies have shown that cars are usually at fault for motorcycle accidents 60 percent of the time. Keep in mind that drivers are not looking for you. In addition, they may be multitasking while they are driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, or eating. This increases your risk. Watch for cars that suddenly change lanes or those that are pulling out of side streets and parking lots. Always follow at a safe distance and be aware of your s urroundings at all times. Give yourself time to react to the movements of other vehicles on the road.

While riding a motorcycle can be a freeing experience, it comes with a new set of dangers. Regardless of the precautions you take while on the road, accidents can happen at any time. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of driver, contact a local Burlington attorney for advice on filing a claim for your injuries.