When the weather improves, motorcycle enthusiasts like yourself begin to hear “the call.” With winter in the rearview mirror, you answer by hopping on your bike and hitting the open road.
It is no secret that riding your motorcycle comes with risks, and the peril increases when you ride alone.
The sense of danger
Without a doubt, riding solo provides you with a feeling of independence. Still, National Highway Safety Administration statistics show the dangers are greater for lone riders. The chance of death is 35 times higher than auto drivers, and the risk of injuries is eight times higher.
The injuries are serious, too, because motorcyclists have almost no protection. A partial list:
- Head injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
The sense of safety
The key is planning your ride. It does not matter if your trip is a spin around the neighborhood or a multi-state adventure. Knowing your destination keeps you focused. You should also inform someone of your destination and expected return time.
Unfamiliar curves post a risk. Slow down and keep your eyes on the road a quarter-mile ahead of you before executing a careful turn. In a similar fashion, you have to be aware of road conditions that may pose a danger.
If you are in an accident and incapacitated, a note in your wallet will help the people who find you. It should contain medical information and details for contacting your family and doctor.
Motorcycle accidents often are the result of someone else driving recklessly. They are not going to admit it, so the case comes down to your word against theirs. Unless you have thorough experience with courtroom procedures, the odds are against you.
The sense of security
You can do only so much to protect yourself. You can follow traffic laws and common sense, yet still be the victim of a motorcycle accident.
You have rights, like any other motorist. Protect yourself and your future at all costs.