Motorbike accidents kill thousands of Americans every year. Motorcycling is great fun, and there is nothing to beat the thrill of an exhilarating ride, but the fact is that it can also be a very dangerous recreational sport. Many accidents occur every year because people are not comfortable with the vehicle that they are riding.
If you are an amateur motorcyclist, or are considering buying a motorcycle, there are several things that you must keep in mind before you make your purchase because your choice of motorcycle can determine your level of safety on the road.
Choosing a motorcycle depends on the purpose for which you are buying one. Are you buying a motorcycle for work? Do you intend to use it on weekends? Do you intend to use it to hang out with friends? Do you intend to use it on road trips? Remember, the motorcycle that you buy will differ depending on the purpose involved. Be sure that you speak to the dealer about the kind of motorcycle that’s right for you.
Your motorcycle must also suit the type of terrain where you are using it. For instance, if you are planning to ride it on long flat, empty roads without any curves, then a more basic type of motorcycle would be right for you. However, if you plan to use your motorcycle on rough terrain, choose tougher models that can take this kind of abuse.
Look at the weather in your city. If it rains heavily, you might run the risk of skidding on wet roads. Buy a motorcycle with an anti-lock braking system that mitigates such risks. Remember, some motorcycles are much better suited for bad or adverse weather, and have features like maneuverability and braking that can help prevent the risk of an accident in adverse weather. You will really appreciate a motorcycle like this when you’re caught in a storm and need your motorcycle to perform at its maximum.
Buy a motorcycle that is the right size for you. When you sit on your motorcycle, your feet touch should rest on the ground comfortably. Are you able to reach all the controls easily? Does your motorcycle feel comfortable to sit on? Does it feel like a right fit? Most importantly, is the motorcycle too heavy for you? Remember, a heavy motorcycle may be too difficult for you to handle, especially in an emergency.
Buy a motorcycle depending on your age. If you are above 40 years in age, and are going back to motorcycling after a very long time, do not choose a very heavy motorcycle with a high-horsepower engine.
Most importantly, look at the safety features of your motorcycle. Your motorcycle must come with antilock braking systems that significantly reduce your chances of getting fatally injured in an accident. You may also want to consider motorcycles that come in bright neon colors, as well as motorcycles with bigger lights to increase visibility.
The Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP represent persons injured in motorcycle accidents across Indiana. If you find that you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our office right away.