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Safer Motorcycle Riding: What to Do Before You Ride Your New Bike

By King Law Firm on January 4, 2013

Texas Motorcyclist Accident PreventionA motorcycle offers riders an unparalleled travel experience, and purchasing a new motorcycle is always an exciting experience for novice and experienced riders alike. However, in order to stay safe while on the open road, it is imperative Texas motorcycle enthusiasts do several things before taking their new vehicle out for a trip. As operating a motorcycle safely requires different skills and knowledge than driving a motor vehicle, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends the following tips to stay safe before your ride:

  • Attend a training course: A motorcycle rider training course is the best way to learn how to operate your new motorcycle safely and with skill. For the location of a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)-approved rider-training course, call toll free, (800) 446-9227.
  • Read your manual: Carefully read through your new motorcycle’s owner’s manual in order to get familiar with your new bike and learn about its unique features.
  • Wear the right safety gear: Before you ride, make sure you get the appropriate safety gear to keep you safe while you ride and in the unfortunate event of a collision. Gloves, shoes, clothing, and eyewear are essential, and most importantly wear a certified helmet.
  • Remember basic traffic safety: Motorcyclists must abide by the same rules of the road as other motorists, so before you take a ride on your new bike, become familiar with traffic rules and regulations, as well as any special requirements for these vehicles.

The motorcycle crash attorneys of the King Law Firm encourage all riders to be safe year-round by following these safety tips after you have purchased a new motorcycle. Other factors out of your control, however, may endanger your safety and cause you to be involved in a serious accident. If you have been injured in a crash due to no fault of your own, call a member of our legal team at (512) 514-6633 for helping getting the money you need to recover.

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