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Motorcycle trailers are a great way to extend the amount of luggage you can take with you during a trip. They make long trips—especially those cross-country trips—much more enjoyable. Many riders are discovering the great benefits of towing a trailer.

The downfall to a trailer behind your motorcycle is the different feel it creates for the operator. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, a well-designed motorcycle trailer may actually improve the handling of your motorcycle.

When not properly used, however, a trailer may make handling and maneuverability difficult. When used improperly, a trailer may increase your risk of being involved in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident. To help maintain a safe trip while pulling a trailer consider these tips:

Don’t overload. Filling the trailer to a heavy weight may be dangerous. Read the safety labels to determine the maximum weight the trailer is designed to handle. Overloading the trailer will make it harder to control the motorcycle.

Drive a safe speed. Speeding without a trailer is already dangerous; add a trailer and it becomes much more perilous. Speeding with a trailer can cause the trailer to fishtail or bounce, which can cause you to lose control of the motorcycle.

Check the trailer. Before using your trailer, ensure that it is properly functioning. Check the tire pressure and tread. Also, the axles and wheels should be checked as well.

Taking the necessary steps to prevent an accident may help prevent a motorcycle accident but not eliminate it. If you have been involved in motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, you need the help of a Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham Call 800-800-5678 to discuss your legal options.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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