Few events in life compare to the day you turn 16 and are officially able to take your driver’s test and get a license. The freedom that comes with being able to drive is unmatched, and is something most teens look forward to with anticipation. But, along with the responsibility of driving a car comes the responsibility of driving safely and following the rules of the road. In order to make sure you know what these rules are, driver’s education courses are offered, which typically include some “on the road” practice. These courses are good for learning how to drive a car, and tips on how to avoid an accident. But, what do you do when you want to ride a motorcycle? Motorcycles can be fun, but can also be very dangerous. Therefore, it is critical to learn a few basics before hopping on a bike and hitting the road.
Three things to know before riding a motorcycle, for any skill level of rider, include:
- Make sure your driver’s license contains an endorsement for motorcycle driving. Just like you are required to have a license to drive a car, you need a license to drive a motorcycle.
- Enroll in a safety course, or if you have already taken one but it has been a while, sign up for a refresher.
- Wear safety gear and follow safe driving habits. Safety gear is not limited to just a helmet, you should also wear reflective clothing if you are out at night and shoes that cover your feet.
Another good tip is to ride in a group. Most motorcycle accidents happen because a driver fails to see or hear the cycle on the road. But, there is safety in numbers. You are more likely to be seen and heard if you ride with a large group, and this can help prevent being in an accident. If you are in an accident though, you will need to take steps to receive the compensation you deserve and medical care you need to recover from your injuries. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and have questions, call our office to find out what to do next and what to expect. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.