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Increasing visibility and other safety tips for motorcyclists

Motorcycle enthusiasts love riding in southern California because the weather allows year-round enjoyment of their two-wheelers and trikes. 

However, motorcyclists are vulnerable to accidents and injuries, which is why it is imperative to put safety tips into practice on every ride. 

Making your bike safer

Give your motorcycle the once-over before heading out. Check tire pressure, tread depth, operation of hand and foot brakes. Check for gas or oil leaks. Secure and balance any load you are carrying and account for the extra weight by adjusting your tire pressure and suspension. 

Increasing your visibility

Increase your visibility by wearing bright colors. Always wear a DOT-approved helmet, meaning one that meets the standards established by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This is important since head and brain injuries are common in motorcycle crashes. If you ride after dark, be sure to add reflective tape to your bike and even to your wearing apparel. Keep your headlight on at all times and use the high beam during daylight hours. 

Remaining alert

Be careful riding near parked cars to avoid getting “doored” by someone exiting a vehicle. Be especially alert at intersections since this is where many vehicle-motorcycle accidents happen, often caused by motorists who say they “just didn’t see the motorcycle.” Scan your surroundings and know what is going on around you. 

Staying sober

Always drive defensively and avoid using drugs or drinking alcohol so you can keep a sharp mind. Tips like these will help keep you safe. However, you cannot predict what another driver—or rider–will do. Should you become the victim of a motorcycle crash, remember that you have the right to expect full and fair compensation to cover your medical costs and more.