Spring is here, and if you’re one of many Kentucky residents who own a motorcycle, you are likely itching to take a road trip, if you haven’t already done so. Whether you typically ride alone or can carry passengers, it’s always a good idea to refresh your memory regarding traffic laws and safety tips before you head out on the highway.
Your own skill and adherence to traffic laws isn’t enough to guarantee safety, however. That’s because more often than not, you have to share the road with other drivers, many of whom are operating massive tractor-trailers. Comparatively speaking, such vehicles are to motorcycles what whales might be to goldfish. Even a car outweighs and out-sizes a motorcycle by far. No matter how cautious a bike rider you happen to be, if a nearby driver is negligent or reckless, you might be the one who suffers.
Stay updated on safety regulations
Operating a motorcycle is quite different from driving a car, which is why you need a special license to drive one. It’s a good idea to refer to the Kentucky Motorcycle Operator’s Manual to make sure you clearly understand all safety regulations and recommendations provided by state police.
Check your bike before riding
Even if you gave your bike a once-over before a recent ride, it’s a good idea to inspect it before every operation. You never know when something might go wrong with your lights, brakes, chain or belt. The safety of your vehicle also greatly depends on tire condition, so always remember to check air pressure and treads as well.
Traffic laws apply
While there might be motorcycle regulations that don’t apply to other vehicle drivers, all traffic laws apply to motorcyclists. This means you must adhere to all motorcycle laws and other traffic laws while riding your bike, including obeying posted speed limits and yielding the right of way as required.
Other issues that affect safety
Your riding gear, the weather, the condition of the bike you’re on and numerous other issues can greatly impact your safety on a motorcycle. You’ll also want to make sure you know how to stay visible to other drivers and not end up stuck in a blind spot of their mirrors.
If another driver causes a collision
Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are fatal. If you survive a collision, it is quite possible you will have severe, perhaps even life-threatening injuries. How swiftly or fully you are able to recover depends on many issues, including but not limited to how soon you obtain medical attention following the crash. If another driver was at fault, you may also want to speak to someone who is well versed in personal injury law, in particular regarding incidents involving motorcycles.