Riding a motorcycle instead of driving a passenger vehicle provides many benefits to the rider. In fact, many Wisconsin citizens are eagerly leaving their gas guzzlers in the garage and taking to the open road.

The freedom of riding a motorcycle also comes with its share of danger—motorcycle riders must share the road with passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, some car and truck drivers fail to pay close attention to those on a motorcycle. The result? Careless drivers end up causing traffic accidents, with the motorcycle riders suffering the worst of the damage.

Because many drivers are negligent, it is important that motorcycle riders stay vigilant and try to compensate for these drivers. This does not mean the rider is to blame if an accident happens. Instead, it just makes sense to ride defensively and to be alert for the motorist's potential to make errors.

Whether the rider is new to motorcycling or a seasoned veteran, there is always room to learn. Three steps a rider can take to stay safe on his motorcycle are:

  1. Lead with the eyes. A rider should always look ahead to where he wants the bike to go. It is natural for the rider and the motorcycle to go in the direction the eyes are looking. Looking in another direction, especially when turning a corner, may cause the rider to veer off the road and crash.
  2. Look for loose gravel, sand, and debris. A motorcycle has far less traction then a car. This means that hitting loose gravel or sand may cause the motorcycle to lose traction—and the rider ultimately to lose control of the vehicle. A rider should be on the watch for these hazards and steer clear or slow down.
  3. Rear brake first. It might be instinct for a motorcycle rider to grab his front brake lever first, or even at the same time as the rear brake. This may cause the rider to be thrown over the front end of the bike. To prevent this from happening, the rider should use the rear brake before applying the front brake.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. For a free case evaluation, call 800-800-5678 today.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.