Motorcycle Accidents

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From everyone at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LLP, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind while riding your motorcycle, to help avoid the risk of accidents and stay safe on the road.

  • If you are new to riding a motorcycle, it is highly recommended that you TAKE A SAFETY COURSE to learn the rules of the road and tactics for unpredictable riding situations that can arise at any time.
  • GEAR UP and wear long pants and long sleeves made of leather or any other thick protective material. Do not forget your gloves, and eye protection. Make sure you wear durable boots, that also cover your ankles. Motorcycle gear will help protect you against debris and road rash. It is also recommended to dress in layers to accommodate weather changes.
  • Before each ride, INSPECT THE MOTORCYCLE to ensure that your motorcycle is as safe as possible. Make sure all of your lights are working, brakes are in check, turn signals work, tire pressure is intact, and mirrors are adjusted accordingly.
  • Wearing bright colours and reflective clothing will help you BE SEEN. It is also recommended you add reflective elements to your motorcycle as well. Drive with your headlights on during the day and night. Use the lane that makes you the most visible to all motorists. Never assume that you are visible to other motorists. Avoid driving in the blind spots of other drivers.
  • Make sure that you STAY AT A SAFE DISTANCE and do not tailgate other vehicles. It is recommended you stay at least 4 seconds away from the motor vehicle in front of you, in order to allow you to stop in emergency situations. In the case you are not able to stop suddenly, keep an alternative route in mind, such as moving into the shoulder to avoid a collision.
  • Ensure that at all times you WEAR A HELMET, especially one that is Ministry of Transportation approved. Helmets significantly help decrease the risk of head injuries by 69%, in the case of a motorcycle accident.
  • The roadways are not always smooth, so BE ALERT and keep an eye out for potholes, construction areas, gravel, railroad tracks and patches of sand.
  • One of the most common causes for motorcycle accidents in Canada is motorists driving under the influence. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE, stay sober and observe speed limits. Speed is a very common factor resulting in motorcycle accidents.
  • Driving in the rain, ice, wind or snow can be very difficulty and risky, AVOID BAD WEATHER conditions. Poor weather conditions result in less traction on the roads and extreme hazards for motorcyclists. In the case you encounter rain, remember to pack rain gear to help you stay dry and comfortable while riding in the rain.
  • It is always a good idea to KEEP A FIRST-AID KIT in the case of an injury or emergency.
  • If you are riding with a group of motorcycles, drive in a staggard manner.
If in despite of your cautious efforts, you are involved in a motorcycle accident, contact us at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LLP for a free consultation. CallĀ (800) 715-1082 and speak with our team of experienced personal injury lawyers. Let us help you plan your recovery, assess your injuries and get you compensated properly for your damages.
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