Avoiding Motorcycle Accident When Possible

You can take measures to avoid being in a Colorado motorcycle accident. By taking some of the below steps, it will not only reduce the odds of you being in a crash, but also decrease your liability and help you maximize your compensation opportunities if you are involved in a motorcycle accident:

  • Get licensed: All states currently require a separate motorcycle license to operate this type of motor vehicle on the road.
  • New riders should take a motorcycle riders' course: This course can provide valuable safety instruction. To locate a class near you, call 1-800-446-9227.
  • Never drink alcohol before operating a motorcycle.
  • Wear a helmet (preferably with a built-in visor or other face guards for added visibility and safety measures): Wearing a helmet is your best defense against serious and fatal brain injuries if a motorcycle crash does occur. In addition to your helmet, wear long pants, gloves, boots and a durable long-sleeved jacket. This can help prevent road rash in the event of being involved in a motorbike accident.
  • Make sure your headlight is on every time you ride: This is a law in most states.
  • Follow all the rules of the road: Do not speed, swerve between cars or take other unnecessary risks. Keep an eye out for vehicles coming from driveways and side streets.
  • Watch for hazards on the road: Large cracks, holes, bumps, dangerous conditions caused by weather or construction can also present bigger risks for motorcyclists than people in other automobiles.
  • Do not let anyone ride with you until you are skilled at riding in all kinds of conditions.

If you have a passenger riding with you, please be sure to:

  • Insist that passengers sit behind you on the motorcycle.
  • Make sure passengers' feet can reach the footrests. Insist that they keep their feet on the footrests at all times, even when you stop.
  • Don't let passengers get on the motorcycle until after you start it.
  • Tell your passengers to lean with you when you turn.
  • Insist that passengers hold onto your waist all the time.
  • Instruct passengers to keep their legs away from the muffler to avoid burns.
  • Request passengers to limit their movement and talking.

Get An Experienced And Fast-Acting Lawyer On Your Side

Even if you take all these precautions and are then involved in a motorcycle accident because of someone else's negligence, we understand the pain, emotional trauma and financial difficulties you may face after the crash. Our attorneys are ready to help you seek compensation for your injuries.

To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced team member from Doehling Law, call 970-628-3907 or send us an email. We have offices located in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Aspen for your convenience.