Motorcycle riders in Texas are all at different points of their riding journey. There are those who have had a bike for most of their adult life, while others are newly licensed. But no matter what your experience level lies, you should understand that getting in an injury-causing accident is an unfortunate reality any commuter on the road can face.
In order to protect yourself, you can add bright elements to your riding attire and find ways to build upon your riding skills.
Illuminate yourself and your ride
One easy way to avoid injuries is by dodging an accident altogether. Since other motorists often violate a motorcyclist’s right of way, it’s important to do all you can to have a bolder presence. Wearing brighter clothing and gear will help you stand out better than if you wear dark colors from head to toe. Remember that fluorescent clothing won’t really help during night rides, so be sure to add reflective pieces to your riding wardrobe too. You can also add reflectors or auxiliary lighting to your bike as an added measure of protection.
Wear safety gear
Another major consideration you should take ahead of each ride is to put on proper safety gear. Although, Texas motorcyclists above the age of 21 can ride without a helmet after completing a safety course, skipping out on a helmet makes you more susceptible to head injuries. Protecting your noggin could save your life or prevent a traumatic brain injury that might make it impossible for you to ride again. Additional body padding and gloves can help lessen the impact of a crash or fall too.
Refresh your skills
Being an experienced rider doesn’t always mean you are making safe choices on the road. Maybe you spend too much time in the blind spots of other drivers or make lane changes very close to other vehicles. Or perhaps you aren’t sure where you are going wrong, but you’ve had a couple of close calls. The good news is any rider can benefit from a motorcycle safety course. Being prepared to dodge all sorts of hazards can protect you from falling victim to a painful crash. And this can begin with being comfortable with the basics of motorcycle riding.
If you do become a crash victim, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the recovery process.