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.

Many Wisconsin families are going to be packing up and driving out of town for vacation this summer. If you’re one of them, we hope you enjoy your trip! And Natasha Misra Law is here with some simple car packing tips you can use to pack up safely and make sure your trip goes off without a hitch.

1. Pack Your Trunk Wisely

As a rule, it’s best to pack heavy items first, such as suitcases, coolers full of food and ice, and plastic tote boxes. Place these items closer to the center of the trunk. Then, pack lighter items around these heavy items – things like garment bags and shoe bags, groceries, and other such items.

This helps ensure the weight of your car is distributed evenly, which reduces the risk of tipping in an accident, and keeps the car stable.

Also, avoid packing things too high. Items can obstruct the drivers’ vision through the rear-view mirror. Under sudden braking, items packed up high could be thrown forward, striking anyone sitting in the back seat.

2. Properly Secure Rooftop Containers, Bike Racks & Other External Cargo 

If you have a rooftop cargo container, a bike rack, or a rear storage rack for your car, make sure it’s properly installed and secured. 

Remember, external cargo racks are going to be blown around by wind speeds in excess of 75 mph. Make sure they’re completely secure before setting out. You should also make sure that you’re not exceeding the manufacturer’s load limits for cargo racks.

3. Make Sure Your Trailer (And Your Car Or Truck) Are In Good Shape Before Traveling

If you’re towing a trailer, make sure it’s in good overall condition, hitches up to your car or truck properly, has functioning lights, and has fully inflated tires. Use safety chains to attach it to your hitch, and check it periodically throughout your trip to make sure everything looks good.

For that matter, you also should make sure your car is in good shape with properly inflated tires that have plenty of tread life left, topped-up fluids, and no mechanical issues that could interfere with your trip. A quick trip to the mechanic may be in order!

4. Remember That Heavy Cars Take Longer To Stop – Pack Light! 

Stuffing your car full of suitcases and luggage – and additional family members – means that you’ll be adding quite a bit of weight to your vehicle. If your car is packed to the brim, you could add hundreds of pounds to its weight.

This will affect how your car handles. It will take longer to stop and to accelerate, and turns may also feel a bit different. Keep this in mind, and drive accordingly. You also should consider reducing how much stuff you bring to lighten the load. 

Stay Safe On The Roads This Summer With These Tips!

We hope these tips have helped you prepare for your next road trip. And remember, if you need a Milwaukee car accident attorney, Natasha Misra Law is always here for you. Contact us online or call us at 414-246-9707 to discuss your situation and get a free case review. 

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.