Category: Motorcycle Safety

10 Most important Motorcycle Safety Tips

-January 2, 2018
Categories: Motorcycle riding attire, Motorcycle Safety motorcycle safety attireIt is not only a traffic rule but also an advisable safety measure, to use this protection equipment whenever you ride your bike.

These secure the participant from all possible two-wheeler incident accidents to a considerable extent. To secure your experience, it is recommended that drivers opt for full experience footwear.

This footwear is impressive in defending the rider’s head and experience from cuts. Not only should the participant use the headgear but the passenger too must use the same.

There are some ways to mitigate the inherent risks of riding, ranging from driving techniques to safety gear. This is a list of simple ways to significantly improve your safety and the safety of others when riding your motorcycle.

1. Take training courses

One of the most effective things a motorcyclist can do is to get professional riding training in an off-street environment. There are courses for beginners, as well as advanced courses in traffic strategies, effective turning, efficient braking, and evasive maneuvering. Ridercourse is one of the best nationally recognized motorcycle safety training organizations.

2. Inspect your motorcycle before the road trip

When riding in rural areas, your cell phone is often unable to receive any signals. Thus, it is critical to ensure that your motorcycle is in good working order BEFORE your road trip. Have an expert conduct various routine checks on your motorcycle, before hitting the road.

3. Wear hi-visibility gear

One of the biggest threats to motorcyclists is automobile drivers. Because of the motorcycle’s size and agility, they are more difficult to spot on the road. A hi-visibility, the reflective vest will make it much easier to be seen by motorists and thus reduce the likelihood of drivers running into you.

4. Protect your eyes and ears

Your windshield alone is not enough protection. Specs of dirt or glass can whip around that barrier and enter your eye at high speeds, causing permanent damage. If your helmet does not have a visor, experts recommend wearing shatter-proof riding goggles. Likewise, experts suggest you protect your hearing from loud engines with earplugs or noise reduction headsets.

5. Long sleeved shirt/jacket

Depending on where you are riding and how fast you plan to ride may influence your thoughts on whether to wear a long-sleeved shirt or a long-sleeved leather jacket (or anything in between). For a cruise around the neighborhood, the long-sleeve shirt should be excellent. Anywhere you would be riding faster than you would in a neighborhood you want to wear your long-sleeve jacket. Denim or leather is excellent, preferably leather for greater friction resistance in the case of an accident.

6. Full fingered leather gloves

Not much more to add here, just make sure they are comfortable and completely cover your hands. I have worn everything from leather work gloves to leather motorcycle gloves. Obviously, the motorcycle gloves will most likely be the most comfortable, being that is what they are specifically designed for.

7. Long pants

Please, please, please, I beg you, wear LONG pants when you ride. Long sturdy denim pants are usually good enough for casual riding depending on the weather. Of course, you can add leather chaps to that as well for added protection from the elements (in colder weather), and from the road should something happen.

8. Leather boots

Over the ankle leather boots are the best protection for your very vulnerable ankles. Riding boots, work boots, cowboy boots, what have you. Just make sure they do an excellent job of covering your ankles.

Please do not be one of those riders that I see all the time. You know the ones I’m talking about. Zipping around town or on the highway wearing a tank top, shorts, flip-flops, and maybe a helmet that offers about as much protection as a shower cap.

9. Visibility

There are a couple of things you can do to improve your visibility on the road. The main point is that you want to make sure you are seen by all the drivers around you. Your eyes should always be moving to make sure you know what is going on around you and that you can make sure others see that you are there.

Wear bright colored gear:

When you wear shiny colored gear, you stand out. You are hard to miss and do not blend into your surroundings. I understand you may not want to go out and buy yourself a full set of bright yellow or neon green motorcycle leathers. This can be accomplished pretty cheaply as a matter of fact. Get and wear a reflective motorcycle vest. You know the ones, they look like the kind road crews wear. Another good thing to do would be to put some reflective tape on and around your helmet. Stand out, don’t blend.

Blind spot riding:

Stay where other drivers can see you. Most likely you also drive a car, so you know what I am talking about here. Cars have blind spots between the side mirrors and the rear view mirror, this is where you want to stay away from when riding near other vehicles. Do your best to stay out of this area, if you can’t see the driver in his or her mirrors they cannot see you.

10. Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

If you’ve ever been on a bike then you’ll know that it’s a noisy place to be. You feel as though you’re very close to the engine, which can generate quite a roar, particularly on high specification models.

You then have to take into account the noise involved in moving at high speeds, plus the added difficulties caused by weather conditions. Those of us living in the UK know that the weather can be a real pain!

Once you put all of these factors together, it becomes clear that talking to others is not easy.

This is quite a problem, since you may wish to have a conversation with a passenger, someone in a sidecar, or maybe with another motorbike rider.

This is where Bluetooth technology is starting to come to the rescue. A Bluetooth helmet includes a headset, that is primarily made up of a set of headphones, with a microphone attached.

Riders using these devices can communicate with other owners of similar gear. Although the basic devices only work over relatively short distances, this is fine in most cases.

For those who want even more out of their communications kit, the helmet comes into its own when used in conjunction with a Bluetooth compatible mobile phone.

Using the two together, a rider can make and receive telephone calls from anywhere in the world. An amazing use of technology and one that is transforming the way in which motorcycle owners view their machines.
Consider these tips and apply them as much as you can, and you are sure to enhance the quality of your trip. After all, who wants to experience when there is so much of life to be experienced from the returning of a bike!, Calfornia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

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Carrying passengers in your motorcycle

-July 13, 2016
Categories: Motorcycle riding attire, Motorcycle Safety, Passengers, Riding Your Motorcycle founder Norman Gregory Fernandez founder Norman Gregory Fernandez

Many of you including myself love to carry passengers of the back our motorcycle. Some even carry young children.

When carrying passengers on your motorcycle you have to take many more precautions than you do for passengers in a car.

First off it’s up to you to make sure that your passenger has proper riding gear and safety equipment.

If you are in an accident, there is a likelihood that you will be responsible for your passenger’s injuries and damages. Therefore, I always recommend making sure your passenger wears a full face helmet, good riding boots, heavy jeans, gloves, and a long-sleeved leather jacket or other type of protective jacket.

I know of four stories where riders have gone down with their wives in the back is passengers, and the wife got killed because she hit her head having no helmet on. Imagine standing there looking at your dead spouse knowing that she was still be alive if she had a helmet on.

Yes, I know many of you like to be comfortable on hot days, and like your passengers to look good, but it’s better to be safe.

It is important to instruct the passenger on how to get on the motorcycle, where to put their hands when riding, where to put their feet while riding, to never take their feet off the passenger pegs until you tell them it’s okay, and to not shift their weight around a lot when the motorcycle is moving slowly or at a stop.

I like to instruct passengers on tapping signals in case they want to stop or have to go to the bathroom. It’s really simple instruct the passenger to tap your shoulder one time if they need to stop, or to tap twice for anything else.

With modern Bluetooth attachments for full face helmets and open face helmets, it is very inexpensive to purchase Bluetooth solutions for both riders and passengers so that you can communicate via intercom while riding.

Taking the above precautions will make riding more pleasurable, and take a lot of pressure off of you while you’re riding your passenger around on the motorcycle.

Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.
Attorney at Law, expert motorcycle accident lawyer

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How to prepare yourself for a potential motorcycle accident

-July 9, 2016
Categories: Motorcycle insurance, Motorcycle maintenance, Motorcycle riding attire, Motorcycle Safety, Riding Your Motorcycle founder Norman Gregory Fernandez with Jay Leno

As a 40 year motorcycle rider who has learned a few things throughout the years I have some advice to give.

Unlike in a car were most people don’t give a second thought as to preparing for a car accident other than putting a seat but on, motorcycle riders have to prepare each trip as though a motorcycle accident could occur.

Preparedness is the key to not only not getting into a motorcycle accident, but surviving if you do.

The first thing a motorcycle rider has to do to prepare for a potential motorcycle accident, is to receive proper training to ride a motorcycle. Some of you may have taken a motorcycle safety course many years ago, some of you may have not ridden for years or even months, or some of you may be self-taught and obtained your motorcycle endorsement without formal training.

Bottom line, get proper training, even if you were able to get your motorcycle endorsement without formal training. Even if you regularly ride, it would not hurt to go take a certified motorcycle safety course to refresh your training. It is not only fun, but you will learn tricks and secrets that will save your ass on the road no matter how much experience you have riding.

Proper training is the first step towards preparing for potential motorcycle accident.

The second step in preparing for a potential motorcycle accident is making sure your motorcycle is in tip top shape for riding on the road. What this means:

  • check your tires for proper inflation and tread;
  • change the fluids in your motorcycle regularly, depending upon your bike this would include oi,l transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant;
  • check your brakes for where on the pads and rotors;
  • Make sure your stirring head bearing is properly lubed;
  • A visual inspection for safety should be done before each ride.

There are a lot of guys out there that do their own wrenching, hell even I a lot of my own stuff. If you Google biker lawyer on YouTube, you will find that I have many videos discussing how to do many things. I will fully admit I am not a mechanic, and I don’t think wrenching a motorcycle, especially one that you are riding, is the proper platform to learn how to be a mechanic. One wrong mistake and you will be eating pavement as you do a face plant when your engine seizes and you go over the handlebars.

I am a firm believer in using factory authorized and certified mechanics to do service on my motorcycles. Yes, it cost a little bit more, but it sure feels nice doing 80 to 90 mph down the road knowing that your motorcycle was serviced at the factory, and not by an amateur mechanic.

The third step in preparing for potential motorcycle accident is to make sure you’re wearing the proper attire while riding your motorcycle. This is a no-brainer.

We bikers only have what we are wearing to protect ourselves in case we are in an accident. I know many states do not require helmets, and many states don’t have requirements as to eye protection, or what you have to wear.

Look I will fully admit that every time I travel to a state that does not require helmets, my helmet comes off. When I go to Sturgis, when I hit Arizona, when I am in Montana, or any state that does not require a helmet I take my helmet off. This is not good as you know because if I go down my brains can end up splattered on the pavement. I have confidence in myself because I’m a safe rider and I’ve been riding for over 40 years. It is easy for me to say do is I say but not as I do, but the fact of the matter is when I am in a state that requires helmets, I always wear a full face modular helmet. I like the modular helmet because I can smoke a cigar with the front part of the helmet flipped up.

You should always wear a helmet, good riding gloves, a good riding jacket, a thick pair of jeans, and good motorcycle boots. I see guys running around with tennis shoes and shorts. What do you think happens when a guy goes down wearing shoes and shorts. You guessed it, they will at the minimum suffer severe road rash, worst case they will lose a foot or a leg. Always wear proper motorcycle attire. This is the third step in preparing for a potential motorcycle accident.

The fourth step in preparing for a potential motorcycle accident is to have adequate insurance to cover you and your motorcycle in case you’re hit by an underinsured or uninsured motorist, and to have the phone number and website in your wallet and telephone.

The fact of the matter is Because there are a lot of deadbeats on the road driving with either no insurance or minimal insurance, there is a very high likelihood that if you were in an accident, the injuries will be severe and serious, and the defendant who hits you will not have enough insurance to cover you.

If they are uninsured you just lost your bike if it’s not repairable, and thus you should have full comprehensive and collision coverage on your motorcycle which many guys don’t.

If you do have full coverage, you will only have to pay a five hundred dollar to one thousand dollar deductible to get the repairs done as opposed to losing your entire motorcycle.

I cannot tell you how many guys have lost their motorcycles simply because they failed to buy the right insurance coverage.

Make sure you get full coverage in your motorcycle, and get uninsured motorist coverage for at least a one half million dollars to one million dollars.

You should check with your state to see whether uninsured motorist coverage also provides underinsured motorist coverage. Underinsured coverage covers you when the defendant does not have enough money to cover your damages. It’ll cover the difference between insurance that they have, and the insurance that you have.

Because of the catastrophic nature of motorcycle injuries, a half million dollar to one-million-dollar policy will usually be adequate but the more insurance you have the better. Unfortunately, you are the one that will have catastrophic injuries if you are the one in the motorcycle accident. When you buy uninsured motorist and uninsured motorist coverage you are basically buying insurance to protect yourself. Get as much as possible

Our phone number is 800-816-1529.

Obviously if you’re in a motorcycle accident you’re going to want to call us right away.

This is what we do, motorcycle accidents. We are experts at dealing with these types of cases. If the accident was not your fault, we will take care of you as best as we can. In most cases we get your bike fixed or get you compensated for the fair market value of your bike, get your compensated for loss of wages, get your medical bills covered and get you to a doctor even if you do not have medical insurance, as well as get you compensation for pain and suffering, loss of a enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.

If you need to contact us right now you may click here to get to our contact form and send us a message, or simply call us at 800-816-1529.

I sincerely hope that you take my advice with respect to preparing for a potential motorcycle accident in the hope that you never will have to worry about being in a motorcycle accident.

As I prepare to go to the 76th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally for the 6th consecutive year, like you I will be on the road on my motorcycle.

I will see you all in Sturgis South Dakota in August 2016.

Keep bold wheels on the road

Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.
Attorney at Law, expert motorcycle accident lawyer

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