If you're like most motorcycle owners, you limit the use of your bike during the winter months. That's because it's difficult to maintain control of a bike in the rain and snow. However, now that the weather has warmed up, you're probably ready to hit the road for some adventures. One thing to remember is that your motorcycle might not be as visible as you think it is. Not only that, but many drivers simply fail to pay attention to motorcycles. Unfortunately, that puts you at an increased risk for motorcycle accidents. Knowing that, here are four tips you should follow this summer.
Keep Your Bike Street Legal
If you're going to be on the highway – or even city streets – make sure you keep your motorcycle street legal. If you're involved in an accident, and your bike isn't legal to be on the roads, you'll be facing a few problems. First, you may get cited for operating a non-street legal bike on public roads. Second, you may be held liable for any accidents you're involved in, even if you weren't at-fault. To protect yourself, always make sure that the motorcycle you're riding is street legal before you head out on public roads and highways.
Get the Police Involved
If you're involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle, get the police involved right away – even if the other parties want to avoid police involvement. A police report will ensure that vital information is documented while the details are still fresh in your mind. Not only that, but the responding officer will secure witness statements and document the current road and weather conditions. This is all information you'll need when you file an insurance claim, especially if the other driver refuses to admit fault.
Have Your Injuries Assessed
If you find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident, don't forego the medical care, even if you think you're just banged up a little. Those bumps and bruises could be hiding serious injuries. Unfortunately, you won't know that unless you're seen by a doctor. Not only that, but you'll need to document your injuries for your insurance claim.
Don't Postpone Legal Help
If you've been in an accident while riding your motorcycle, don't postpone the legal help. Motorcycle accidents can be difficult to recover from, physically and financially. Your motorcycle accident lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you need for the injuries and financial losses you've incurred.