Riding the streets of Wisconsin on a motorcycle is a popular and fun way to travel. In our state there are six motorcycles registered for every 100 people.
With so many motorcycles on the road, the number of accidents has increased in recent years. Unfortunately many of these accidents result in severe injury and even death. Madison motorcycle accidents have become a very common occurrence. In fact, in 2010 there were 2,214 motorcycle-related injuries in Wisconsin. There were also 98 deaths in relation to Wisconsin motorcycle accidents.
With the number of injuries so high, it is important to know how to stay safe while enjoying the freedom riding a motorcycle brings. If you are a motorcycle rider here are some tips to keep you safe on your bike:
- Check your bike. Periodically look over your bike to ensure basic functions are working correctly. First of all check the lights, blinkers, brakes. Adjust the mirrors to give yourself as much vision of your surroundings as possible. Lastly, check your fuel and oil levels.
- Use high-quality riding gear. The most important thing is to purchase a high-quality DOT-approved helmet. Wear other protective wear such as leather jacket and pants, gloves, and riding boots.
- Ride safely. Ride your motorcycle at a safe speed. Be sure to use your turn signals so that other vehicles know when you intend to turn. Use your mirrors and be aware of your surroundings. Be sure not to ride in another vehicle’s blind spot. Be as visible as possible to others on the road.
Utilizing these tips can help you stay safe; however, some wrecks are out of the hands of the motorcycle rider. Many motorcycle wrecks in Madison are due to passenger car error. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Madison motorcycle crash lawyers Hupy and Abraham for your free case evaluation. Call 608-277-7777 (local) or 888-277-4879 (toll-free) today and you can receive a FREE copy of the book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.