Motorcycles have always been a thrilling and efficient way to get around. Since its invention in 1867, the two-wheeled machine has memorized thousands upon thousands of people. It has been used by some for daily transportation and others as a weekend hobby.
In 1867, Sylvester Howard Roper's invention called the motorcycle featured a two-cylinder steam-engine that was powered by coal. By 1885 Gottlieb Daimler used a wooden bike frame to produced the first ever gas powered motorcycle. As the years passed a number of start-up motorcycle manufacturers developed the motorcycle. One of these companies was formed by the inventors William Harley and the Davidsons brothers who later launched the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Although there have been many improvements since the introduction of the motorcycle in 1867, there are still a number of safety concerns for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle riders suffer from catastrophic injuries and even death with colliding with a car or truck. Unlike other vehicles a motorcycle does not protect the rider from the road in a crash. There are no airbags, no seat-belts and no barrios between you and the asphalt.
There are a number of dangers that could harm you when operating a motorcycle. A mechanical malfunction while riding at freeway speeds, right of way accidents at an intersection and other vehicles colliding with a motorcycles due to blind spots are all common reasons why you could become injured in a motorcycle accident.
To keep you safe when you are on the road there are a number of important factors that you should consider. Some of these motorcycle safety tips could save your life. Others you may already be aware of. Because safety should be a top priority, I have included seven important motorcycle safety tips that every rider should read and share with friends and loved ones.
The Seven Motorcycle Safety Tips
1. Always Wear A Helmet. A good helmet is priceless. Choose a helmet that displays the DOT label, which indicates that it meets the federal safety standards.
2. Use Both Brakes. When braking apply both breaks at the same time. Using only your front or back breaks individually could throw you off balance.
3. Watch Your Seed. As a motorcyclist, it is easy to pick up speed. With more speed also comes less time to react and a longer breaking distance. Follow posted speed limits at all times.
4. Know Your Limits. Your motorcycle has limits and so do you.
5. Keep Your Distance. No one likes a tailgater. Keep a safe distance between your bike and other vehicles.
6. Signal. Use your turn signals to allow other vehicles time to react and anticipate your maneuvers.
7. Be Seen by Other Vehicles. Avoid blind spots and always use your headlights day or night.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If another party is negligent for the accident, you may have a claim for compensation. In this case, it would be a good idea to consult with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney who can help you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and any other damages you may have.
Christopher Foerster works for the Bisnar & Chase law firm to help increase online visibility. If you have been injured in a personal injury accident please contact the California car accident lawyers at Bisnar & Chase by calling 1-800-561-4846.