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Motorcycle Safety Tips

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Many enjoy riding motorcycles on Long Island and throughout the New York City boroughs.

Of course, dedicated motorcyclists will not stop riding because of scary statistics, but it can be advantageous to be aware of risks and take safety precautions. If an accident does happen, be sure to have all of your injuries cared for by a medical professional. And, when costs accumulate, discuss your situation with a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer. There are likely options for damage recovery.

Stay Safe on Wet Roads

There are risks to riding a motorcycle in wet weather. Rain gear can be helpful, it is important to wear it when needed and always have it on hand so you can pull over and put it on should rain unexpectedly happen. Without the right gear, you will be uncomfortable and have visibility issues.

Slippery roads can lead to hydroplaning. Slow down and remain in control as much as possible. If you feel aquaplaning occurring, take pressure off the throttle. Do not increase speed until you are able to stay in control and manage your bike with confidence.

Some of the gear you need for riding, no matter what the weather, includes the following.

  • According to New York law, all motorcyclists need to wear helmets when riding.
  • Eye protection. The law also requires face shields or goggles.
  • Protective Clothing. Dress appropriately, including good boots that protect your feet from the elements and clothing that is comfortable yet protective. Many opt for riding gloves, too, so their grip is solid, even if their hands become sweaty.

Stay Visible

A big risk for motorcycle operators is that drivers of large vehicles, cars and trucks, will not see them. In order to share the road safely, do what you can as a motorcycle driver to be sure you are seen. This could include wearing bright gear, using your lights, staying out of blind spots, and using your horn when necessary.

Riding defensively is recommended when you are in congested areas around New York City. Essentially, driving defensively means in order to keep yourself safe, you should simply assume you are not seen by other drivers. In practice, this could mean keeping a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles, avoid making unexpected movements, stay in your lane, and slow down for turns. Also, always ride a motorcycle that is properly maintained and be aware of distracted and erratic drivers.

Were you involved in a Long Island motorcycle accident? You need a personal injury lawyer working for you. Together, we can assess your expenses and develop a strategy to secure your best compensation option. With over 30 years of legal experience, our legal team represents clients throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City. Don’t delay, contact Giuffré Law Offices at 516-802-9912 to discuss your case today.

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