I just got a new motorcycle. How can I keep myself safe when I ride?

First of all, kudos to you for being concerned about motorcycle safety. Riding motorcycles is risky for even experienced riders; new riders must be especially careful.

Even a minor bump can cause a crash that leads to devastating injuries for a motorcyclist. That’s why motorcyclists must use defensive riding techniques. A motorcyclist should:

  • Make sure your bike is in good condition. Check the motorcycle’s tires, lights, and brakes every time before riding. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Have any problems checked out as soon as possible.
  • Be especially alert at intersections. Many Maryland motorcycle/car crashes occur at intersections because passenger vehicle drivers have trouble seeing motorcycle riders. Make sure that drivers can see you if you are about to ride in front of them.
  • Make yourself visible. Use your headlight and wear reflective clothes at night.
  • Anticipate road hazards. A hole that is a minor dip to a passenger car can be a major road hazard for a rider. Try to avoid potholes, spills, puddles, and debris.
  • Follow traffic rules. Not only is it the law to do so, but following these rules can keep you safe.
  • Avoid doing things that make car drivers angry. Do not tailgate. Do not pass a car on the shoulder of the road. Do not weave between cars.

To speak to a Maryland personal injury attorney about a motorcycle collision, call our personal injury law firm. One of our lawyers will speak with you about your case. You may reach us by calling 202-296-0666 or by filling out our online contact form. We represent clients in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

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