How you ride your motorcycle plays an important part of your safety on the road. Although motorcycles can be dangerous and accidents can happen, you can decrease your risk significantly by riding smart. Never ride in Idaho without these three crucial items.
1. A Helmet
The U.S. Department of Transportation suggests that wearing a motorcycle helmet that meets US DOT standards can decrease your risk of fatality by as much as 37%. Although Idaho law requires safety helmets to be worn only by those who are under the age of 18 when riding a motorcycle, it is a wise choice to make by riders of any age. Although eye protection is not required by law either, it can be a helpful addition to your safety gear if your helmet doesn’t already have eye protection built in.
In order to ride a motorcycle as safely as possible, never consider riding without a helmet, even if it’s just for a short distance.
2. Protective Gear
Protective gear such as gloves, a leather jacket, leather pants or boots are not required by law for riders of any age, however, they can reduce injuries significantly if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Road rash, an injury caused by a motorcycle rider sliding or being dragged across the pavement, is common in these types of accidents. Road rash can cause serious friction burns and in many cases, must be treated with skin grafts and can leave significant scars.
Protect yourself against road rash in the event of a motorcycle accident in Idaho by wearing full body protective gear, including a jacket and pants made out of leather or other thick, resistant material.
3. A Well Maintained Motorcycle
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by a poorly maintained motorcycle. Tires that are underinflated or misaligned can easily cause an accident, as well as brakes that have not been replaced in a timely fashion. When riding a motorcycle, it is especially important to ensure that all necessary maintenance has been performed on the bike, and that it continues to be in good running condition.
Check your tires and brakes before each ride, and have any issues fixed promptly before riding the bike again.
What to Do When You’ve Been in an Idaho Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are inevitable in many cases, but when it happens to you, it can be shocking. Injuries that occur in a motorcycle accident are frequently much more severe than injuries that occur in a car accident, simply because the motorcycle rider is more vulnerable and without much protection.
If you or someone you love have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you’ve likely accumulated costly medical bills and have lost wages due to being out of work. Contacting an Idaho motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you and your family needs to get through this difficult time. At the Rossman Law Group, we understand the situation you’re in and are committed to helping you get the justice and restitution you deserve. Contact us for a consultation today at (208) 331-2030.