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.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the second leading cause of death for teen drivers in the United States. A staggering figure of 2,400 teens aged between 13 and 19 lost their lives in vehicle crashes in 2019.

Why are teen drivers so vulnerable to car accidents, and how can you help, as a parent, to prevent teenage car accidents? Below are helpful safety tips for teen drivers.

  • Driving experience – Teen drivers lack driving experience. Work with your child to develop substantial driving experience in all weather conditions. Train your teen to drive in both urban and rural areas so they can learn to navigate different types of traffic. Ride along with your child as they learn to drive for about 30 to 50 hours and ensure that they are able to handle a variety of traffic and weather conditions.
  • Buckle up – In Wisconsin, all drivers and passengers over the age of 4 years old are required to wear a seatbelt, and for good reason. Helping your teen develop a habit of buckling up before taking to the road is the most effective way to help them avoid severe injuries in the case of a traffic collision. Start talking to them about the importance of wearing a seatbelt before they begin driving and never let your teen turn on the car without first putting on their seatbelt.
  • Use signals – Teach your child to use appropriate signs to indicate their intentions when driving. They should also watch out for other drivers signaling to change lanes or turn.
  • Learn the controls – This is one of the most important safety tips but is often overlooked. It is essential for your teen to know how their vehicle operates. For instance, they should master how to use various indicators, adjust mirrors, seatbelts, touch screens, and other vehicle functions to ensure safety.
  • Obey speed limits – Failure to follow the recommended speed limits increases a driver’s risk of an accident. Speed limits are often disregarded by teens. Talk to your child about the importance of maintaining appropriate speed limits while driving.
  • Avoid distractions – Teens are susceptible to distractions. They have grown up chatting, texting, and multitasking with cell phones and other devices. At the dinner table, it can be annoying. Behind the wheel, it can be deadly. Help your teen understand the perils of texting and driving, and encourage them to keep their phones away when they are behind the wheel.
  • Identify your vehicle blind spots – Most cars have blind spots that prevent drivers from seeing other cars on the road. As your teen learns to drive, help them identify and understand how blindspots affect their ability to safely change lanes and make turns.
  • Restrict night driving – Most deadly teenage accidents occur at night and usually involve drinking, speeding, and reckless driving. Establish a curfew for your teen and ensure they don’t drive past the suggested hours.

Contact Milwaukee Car Accident Attorney

If your teen has been involved in a car accident and needs legal help, we can assist you at Natasha Misra Law. Fill out our online contact form to schedule a free 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.