Motorcycle Safety in Virginia Beach
The state of Virginia requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets to help prevent brain injury and death in motorcycle accidents. Data collected by the Insurance Information Institute has found that helmets save thousands of lives every year and prevent numerous other head injuries.
Keeping Safe on the Open Road
In addition to helmets, there is other safety equipment you can use to minimize your risk of serious personal injury in a motorcycle accident. The common adage is “dress for the fall, not the ride,” meaning that bikers should always wear safety gear, including:
- Leather chaps or pants
- Protective gloves
- Full face shields
- Leather jackets
- Motorcycle boots
These things can all be incredibly effective at providing additional protection against injury in an accident. Road burn is a frightening problem for uncovered body parts that are dragged to the pavement in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Protective gear is great, but there are a few other tips you should keep in mind to prevent yourself from getting involved in an accident at all, such as:
- Steer differently at different speeds
- Use brakes for slowing down, not for a sudden stop
- Keep your bike maintained in good condition
- Be aware of road hazards
- Avoid riding in poor weather conditions
Taking these steps can help you avoid causing an accident. However, most motorcycle accidents are caused by the drivers of other vehicles. This means that no matter how protected you are or how safely you drive, there is still no guarantee that you won’t become the victim of another driver’s negligence.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact our experienced Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with John Cooper or Jim Hurley. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. If your injuries have made travel difficult, our attorneys can come to you.
(Please be sure to schedule an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach office.)