Summer is on its way and motorcycle riders all over Northern California
will be taking advantage of the favorable weather and hitting the road.
With their increased numbers, it is important that motorists and motorcyclists
understand how to safely share the road, especially with Motorcycle Safety
Awareness Month coming in May. Taking the proper safety precautions and
driving defensively can dramatically decrease the risk of a
motorcycle accident in San Jose.
If you are planning on riding your motorcycle this spring and summer, it
is important to remember that what you wear is almost as important as
how you ride. A motorcycle does not offer the same protection for its
rider as cars do for their drivers, so a motorcyclist needs to protect
themselves. The essentials of what to wear are:
- A full-face helmet (as it provides eye and face protection),
- Sturdy/padded jacket (with full sleeves),
- Pants made of thick material (no shorts or cotton pants that flap in the wind!),
- Reinforced gloves, and
- Boots tall enough to protect the ankles.
In addition to proper riding gear, the most important aspect of being a
safe motorcycle driver is knowing your motorcycle. Taking motorcycle courses
and getting your motorcycle license are the best ways to get to know how
a motorcycle works. It is very different from a car and asks more of its
driver, so you need to be comfortable with it to ride it safely. Smoothly
shifting gears, braking, and turning take practice, and it is only with
practice that you will get used to your motorcycle. Regular maintenance
and knowing basic troubleshooting techniques will also help you stay safe
on the road.
Finally, driving defensively will help keep a motorcyclist safe. Other
motorists don’t always know how to share the road with motorcycles
or possibly don’t even know that there are motorcycles on the road.
A motorcyclist must be especially aware of other vehicles and assume that
they don’t necessarily see them. Driving with these points in mind
will help prevent a motorcycle crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident because
of the negligent driving of another, the experienced
San Jose motorcycle collision lawyers of Van Der Walde & Associates, LLP, can inform you of your legal rights
and options. For a consultation, contact us at (800) 900-0863.