A 43 year old man and his female passenger were killed in a motorcycle accident in Dallas on Saturday. The accident occurred when the man slammed into the guard rail on a bridge and flew over the railing. They landed on a grassy slope on the north side of the R.L. Thornton Freeway. This tragedy reminds us that motorcycling can be deadly if proper precautions aren’t taken.
To ensure that you stay safe on your motorcycle for the remainder of the summer, there are a few basic safety tips to follow. First, be aware that roads can sometimes be more hazardous in the summer for motorcyclists. Highway construction is often more prevalent in the spring and summer months, and motorcyclists must alert to a larger number of constructions signs, cones, and other obstructions that sometimes end up where they aren’t supposed to be.
It can be tempting in the summer to wear shorts and a lightweight shirt while motorcycling. However, protective clothing is the only thing that stands between a biker and the surface of the road. Resist the temptation to stay cool and wear clothing that provides protection in the event of a crash.
If you haven’t ridden your motorcycle in a while, it’s probably a good idea to inspect your motorcycle. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends using a T-CLOCS inspection: tires, controls, lights, oils & other fluids, chassis, and stands. Besides inspecting your motorcycle, you should start out by riding slowly and getting a feel for the motorcycle if you haven’t ridden recently.
During the summer months, there are usually more pedestrians and bicyclists on the road than at other times. Use extra caution, particularly in areas that are popular for pedestrians and bicyclists. You should also make yourself more visible to them by fluorescent or reflective clothing or tape whenever possible.
Motorcycle accidents end in tragedy more frequently than automobile accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.