A Vancouver, WA Law Firm That Cares About Motorcycle Safety
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, call Colin today
When drivers are negligent, the result can be a motorcycle accident that leaves a motorcyclist with serious injuries. The Scott Law Firm, PLLC fights to hold these drivers accountable for the damage they cause. Unfortunately, we can't prevent them from being negligent in the first place. But there are steps motorcyclists can take to protect themselves.
Motorcycle accident attorney Colin Scott knows the risks that responsible motorcyclists face on the roads in Vancouver, WA and throughout Clark County. Below are some helpful safety tips for motorcyclists that can make a big difference.
Take a motorcycle safety course
You already know how to operate your motorcycle. But we can all learn more about staying safe on the road. Beginner's classes can help you learn more about controlling your motorcycle. More advanced classes can help you sharpen your skills, take corners more smoothly, spot potential hazards and learn ways to safely avoid a crash.
Always wear protective gear
All motorcyclists in Washington are required by law to wear a helmet. But there are also other steps you can take to help minimize injuries if there's a crash. Wearing protective gear including full leathers and gloves can help reduce the risk of road rash. Wearing motorcycle boots can help you maintain balance and protect your feet and ankles.
Inspect your bike before you ride
This can help you spot any problems before something goes wrong, and it only takes a few minutes. Carefully look at the wheels and tires for any damage. Check the tire pressure. Make sure all lights and controls are working properly. Look at fluid levels. Make sure your bike is properly maintained.
Keep your bike properly maintained
Perform regular maintenance on your motorcycle as recommended by the manufacturer. This includes getting regular oil changes and replacing tires and brake pads, as well as other routine maintenance, as needed.
Drive defensively at all times
It's safest to assume that drivers don't see you on the road - because many times, they aren't paying attention and don't notice motorcyclists. Keep a safe distance from all other vehicles. Be mindful of blind spots. Always use your headlight, even in good weather. This can help other drivers see you better.
Look out for debris on the road
If a car runs over a small rock or trash on the road, it's often not a big deal. But running over this type of debris or loose gravel on the side of the road can cause you to lose control of your motorcycle, resulting in a crash.
A motorcycle crash can leave you with serious injuries that can have a significant impact on your life. The medical expenses for your treatment can add up quickly and become overwhelming. Insurance companies that are presented with a valid claim will often try to pay you as little as possible.
If you've been hurt in a motorcycle accident, take steps to protect your rights. Get a copy of your accident report. Then call a lawyer who will fight for your best interests and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Learn more about how we can help you. Schedule a free consultation with attorney Colin Scott. Contact us online or call 360-718-3640 to arrange a time that's convenient for you. Colin can review the facts of the accident with you and answer your questions.