Whether you are a new motorcycle rider or an experienced biker, it is in your best interest to practice basic motorcycle safety. Read up on these tips to stay safe on the road.

Choose the Right Bike

When shopping for a bike, make sure to select one that fits your body frame. On an ideal bike, you should be able to rest both feet flat on the ground without having to stand on tiptoe. The handlebars should be within easy reach. Do not choose a bike that feels too heavy to maneuver easily.

Consider choosing a bike equipped with antilock brakes. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycles with antilock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than motorcycles without them. Antilock brakes allow you to retain steering control during an emergency stop, and can be helpful in slippery conditions.

Wear Proper Safety Gear

Before heading out on the road, wear proper safety gear to protect you from serious injuries in the event of an accident. Consider wearing a reinforced jacket, full pants, gloves, and over-the-ankle footwear. Equip yourself with protective gear, including a helmet and eye protection. Research shows that riders without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in an accident.

Ride Safely

The most important tip for any motorcyclist is to stay alert at all times. According to a recent study, car drivers are at fault 60% of the time in accidents involving cars and motorcycles. Keep an eye out for cars suddenly changing lanes or pulling out from driveways or side streets. Give yourself enough distance behind cars so you have enough time to stop suddenly if necessary.

It’s also a good idea to be proactive in your driving habits. Do not ride your motorcycle when poor weather is forecast, as this can lead to slippery conditions on the road. Avoid roads that you know are filled with potholes or other hazards.

Contact the Clearwater Motorcycle Accidents Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer in Clearwater. We have four convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.

We serve throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and its surrounding areas:

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Clearwater Office
1811 N. Belcher Road, Suite I-1
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 787-2500

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Congress Ave Office
2360 Congress Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 591-5610

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Tampa Office
6601 Memorial Hwy Suite 202
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 686-7588

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – New Port Richey Office
2515 Seven Springs Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34655
(727) 815-8442