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Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents: Getting to Know Your Bike

Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer,There are countless reasons for motorcycle accident crash and fatality statistics, and identifying fault can sometimes be extremely difficult. Fingers are pointed and blame is placed on one or more drivers, but no matter who causes an accident, all motorists are equally responsible for their own safety out on the highways. Drivers need to be familiar with their vehicles, how they operate, and actively practice safe driving techniques to maintain accountability on the roads.

Whether you are a new motorcycle owner or have been riding for some time now, it is important to know your bike and how to handle it on the open road. The more comfortable you are with your bike and how it rides, the better chance you have at operating it safely while remaining both vigilant and defensive.

Spend Time in Your Garage or on the Driveway

The Illinois State Police place a huge emphasis on the need for spending time with your bike in the garage or on the driveway before you take it out for rides. Familiarize yourself with the brake, clutch, and shifter controls as well as the radio settings before you drive. Even if your bike is not new, it is important to play around with the controls every now and then before you drive to reacquaint yourself with the bike and how it handles.

Know Your Skills and Do Not Underestimate the Value of Pre-Ride Checks

If you have not driven your bike in a while, it is easy for your riding skills to diminish over a period of time. Just like anything else, if you do not practice regularly, your skill set can wane. Take the time to practice some braking drills and slow speed maneuvers in an open area. Also check your tires, lights, oil, side stand, and controls before you ride. Something as simple as making sure your bike is working properly can save you a lot of trouble later. Do not underestimate the value of routine pre-ride checks. They can help keep your bike in good shape and might even help prevent a crash.

Getting comfortable with your bike is beneficial for you and everyone on the highway. If you do ever find yourself in a motorcycle accident due to someone’s negligence or other factor beyond your control, an experienced Lake County motorcycle accident attorney can help you. Call Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation today.



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