Riding a motorcycle is fun, but it can also be risky because of the actions of others on the road. Unlike other vehicles, you don't have much protection if you crash. Additionally, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous on roads with a lot of potholes or if you're riding in unsafe weather conditions. Below are some tips for staying safe while riding.

Staying Safe on a Motorcycle in Wisconsin

  • Take a Safety Course: Riding a motorcycle requires good judgment and skill, and a safety course will help you achieve that. A motorcycle safety course will teach you the rules of the road and what to do in unpredictable riding situations.
  • Wear Appropriate Gear: The right gear will protect you from debris, road rash, and the elements. Your gear should feature a helmet, leather jacket, eye protection, leather pants, over the ankle boots, and non-slip gloves. Appropriate protective gear can significantly reduce the risk of injuries or fatalities.
  • Keep Your Bike Maintained: Replace the air filter, change the oil regularly, and maintain your bike's tire pressure. Inspecting your motorcycle before you hit the road is also a good idea. Check your turn signals, headlights, taillights, fuel, brakes, handlebars, and mirrors.
  • Stay Alert: Being aware of your surroundings and riding defensively can prevent motorcycle accidents that could be caused by dangerous driving.
  • Maintain a Safe Distance: Riding too closely behind another vehicle is unsafe. It is advisable to stay a few seconds away from the car or motorcycle in front of you. This allows you enough space to stop during an emergency. Additionally, you should always have an escape route in mind if you cannot stop in time.
  • Be Visible: One of the most significant mistakes riders make is assuming they are visible to other motorists. Most motorcycle accidents are a result of drivers not seeing the motorcycle. You can stay visible by avoiding other motorists' blind spots, driving with a headlight, and wearing reflective clothing. Using your hand and turn signals can also help ensure you are visible.

Common Motorcycle Road Hazards

  • Distracted or Drunk Drivers: Although it may not be easy to identify if someone is drunk driving, it is wise to be attentive to your surroundings and take appropriate measures.
  • Rain or Snow: The hazardous weather can create slippery and unsafe road conditions. Avoid riding while it is raining or snowing.
  • Tar or Debris: Since tar has a different texture from asphalt, it can compromise traction. Additionally, parts of tire treads and other debris on the road can be hazardous to motorcycles.

Contact a Milwaukee Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, working with a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney is in your best interest. 

At Natasha Misra Law, we are equipped to offer the guidance you need to know whether you are entitled to compensation. We will provide the representation you need to pursue compensation if you qualify. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Taking your motorcycle out on the open road in Wisconsin is a feeling like no other. But when motorcycle accidents occur, there is little to protect a biker aside from a helmet and padded jacket.

Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injury, even death. In Wisconsin alone, there have been 107 motorcycle fatalities between 2017 and 2018.

Those injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of their own may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and should seek the guidance of a Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyer.

To help you avoid the need for a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer, here are seven must-use motorcycle safety tips. 

 

1. Get The Right Gear

Everyone who rides a motorcycle should wear protective gear, no matter how skilled or experienced they are. This includes, of course, a well-built helmet designed to cover your face. But aside from a helmet, motorcyclists should wear a leather or reinforced jacket, gloves, full length pants and boots.

While wearing all black is undeniably cool, bikers should consider wearing bright colors to increase their visibility on the road. A reflective strip can also help other motorists see you once the sun sets.

 

2. Check Your Bike

Prior to hitting the road, all bikers should perform a quick check of electrical and motor systems on their motorcycle. Simply flash the lights, turn on the directional signals, honk the horn, check tire pressure and give the chain and brakes a second look. A simple pre-ride check can help you avoid mechanical trouble once you are on the road.

 

3. Wear Your Helmet

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: wear a helmet! Did you know that bikers who ride without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer from a fatal head injury, and three times more likely to suffer traumatic brain injury? A simple way to reduce your odds of severe head trauma is buying a full-face motorcycle helmet. 

Already have one? You should consider buying a new one if it is five years old or older. Technological improvements are being made every day, and having the latest gear can help keep you safe in the event of a motorcycle accident.

 

4. Practice

Everyone on a bike should take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course to learn the best and safest riding techniques. MSF courses teach emergency maneuvers, as well as advanced techniques, which could mean the difference between a slide and a collision. Completion of a MSF course could also help you save money with insurance rates and other motorcycle dealer specials.

 

5. Buy The Right Bike For You

Hopping onto the wrong motorcycle could lead to an accident. Depending on the rider, a bike may be too big and too powerful. Riders should purchase bikes that they can safely operate. For example, both feet should be able to rest flat on the ground. In addition, the handlebars should be within reach, and the bike should not be too heavy to lift off its stand.

 

6. Ride In Fair Conditions

Bikers should not take out their motorcycles in poor weather conditions. Water on the road can reduce traction and visibility, making it difficult to safely operate a motorcycle. If you are caught in bad weather while on the road, remember to turn on your light, gently use your throttle, ease on the brakes and slow while turning to avoid sliding.

 

7. Use Defensive Driving

To avoid motorcycle accidents, you should practice defensive driving. That means being alert, using a signal for lane changes, following other vehicles at a safe distance and abiding by the local traffic laws.

Perhaps most importantly, you should never ride your motorcycle when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you should seek the counsel of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, Milwaukee personal injury attorney Natasha Misra today for a free case consultation.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.