Increase your safety on upcoming motorcycle rides

The autumn season is here, which means it is the perfect time to see the changing leaves and similar sights. Before you get out on your motorcycle, take the time to ensure that you are ready for the ride.

You must wear appropriate gear, including a helmet that has the approval of the Department of Transportation. Wearing a helmet dramatically reduces the chance that you will suffer a traumatic brain injury if you are in an accident. Remember to replace it every five years or immediately after a crash.

Wearing brightly colored clothing makes it easier to see you. Having reflective striping or a vest can be beneficial if you are riding from dusk to dawn. Because you have to think about road rash, wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. While leather is ideal, you can choose a thick material.

Pay close attention to the traffic around you as you approach intersections, which is where around half of motorcycle versus car crashes occur. This is one of the deadliest locations for motorcyclists.

Stay alert throughout the entire drive. Things like potholes, fallen leaves and road hazards can toss you off your bike. Other drivers might be dealing with distractions and make unsafe maneuvers. By remaining sober and vigilant, you might be able to avoid a crash that could have had serious implications.

Around 80% of all motorcycle accidents that are reported have at least one injury or fatality. The victims in these crashes might opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help minimize the financial impact. This can help to cover medical care and other expenses related to the wreck.

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