After record-breaking snow in Montana this winter, you may be more anxious than ever to get your motorcycle tuned and ready to go. You can feel the changes in the air, and you are ready to hit the open road.
Because the warmer days seem to fly by so quickly and winter will be here again before you know it, you may be tempted to pack as much into your summer ride as possible. However, your life may depend on the safety precautions you take because you can never be certain that other drivers will be looking out for you.
Maintaining a reasonable speed on your motorcycle can certainly help you avoid many of the most common accidents. For example, if you are going too fast, you may be unable to avoid debris or other hazards on the road, such as loose gravel, grass clippings or even animal dung, any of which can cause your bike to slip out from under you, especially when going around a corner.
Even if there is no debris in the road, taking a corner at too high a speed means you may not be able to see far enough ahead to make the turn safely. Also, going at a high rate of speed places you at risk of locking up your brakes if you should need to stop suddenly. Unless you have anti-lock brakes, you may skid or suffer serious injuries if your bike throws you. Locking the front brake may send you flying over the handlebars.
Other drivers are not your allies
Even if you take every precaution on your motorcycle, you are at the mercy of other drivers. In an accident with a larger vehicle, you are at a decided disadvantage and more likely to suffer serious or even fatal injuries. Some potential hazards to look out for include the following:
- A driver who does not look before opening the car door into your path
- A vehicle that does not stop when coming up behind you
- A driver who does not see you when changing lanes
- A distracted or inattentive driver who turns left across your lane
Defensive driving may help you anticipate when another driver is going to make a mistake, but you never know when, in a split-second, you may have to take decisive action to save your own life. Any of these common acts of negligence or recklessness can leave you struggling to recover from life-changing injuries. In such cases, you may benefit from reaching out to a skilled attorney who can inform you of your legal options.