March 30, 2015

Common Road Obstacles That Cause Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles open up a whole new world of driving. Not just a means to get from point A to point B, motorcycles allow drivers to navigate roads, paths, and trails only common cars could dream about. People fall in love with the sport and recreational fun of motorcycles for this reason and more. Although motorcycles are fun and exciting to ride, they are also very dangerous if handled negligently. Aside from motor vehicle accidents, weather and simple road obstacles are common unforeseen hazards that can put even the most experienced driver in danger. Continue reading to learn some helpful tips about safe motorcycle navigation on hazardous roads, as well as, who to call if you or a loved one has been negligently injured on a motorcycle.

Unpredictable Roads

There are several roads that take an unexpected turn, causing unexpected accidents and injuries. Twisty roads, loose gravel, rock beds, unleveled surfaces, mud, and more are common obstacles that motorcyclists must look out for.

Choosing Your Motorcycle - How to Choose the Best Bike for Your Needs

This month's column is about choosing the best motorcycle to fit your needs. Selecting the right bike might just help keep you out of a situation where you need a motorcycle lawyer! Before we get to my list of criteria for selecting your bike, I thought it might be useful to put together a few questions you should be asking yourself as you make this decision.

How long have you been riding?
Do you have beginner, intermediate or expert level riding skills?
What type of riding will you be doing?
Weekend tours and rallies?
Commuting to work or school?
What kinds of streets will you be on?
Surface streets?
The freeway or interstate?
Rural 2-lane blacktops?

Once you've answered these general questions about your goals and desires for riding, you can attack these more specific questions and criteria.

Assess your needs - Will you be riding in heavy traffic, long distances or only on weekends? For instance, if you are looking for a weekend toy, you might be tolerant of a sleek, but uncomfortable bike. However, if you plan on using your motorcycle to take you to work each day, you will need comfort, storage and durability.

June 29, 2014

Motorcycle Accident PTSD Recovery and Compensation

A motorcycle crash is a serious and unnerving event for even the most seasoned rider. The speed, suddenness, and violence is both physically and mentally jarring. In my years of practice as a motorcycle accident lawyer, I have found that a number of my clients suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their accident, many without realizing it.

One of the factors that makes PTSD so heartbreaking is its hidden nature. Symptoms often do not reveal themselves for months or even years. During this time of hidden struggle, victims must endure its effects alone, in many cases without even realizing or acknowledging that they have a disease at all. When symptoms do present themselves, sufferers are often misunderstood and labeled "crazy," or even in some cases, dangerous.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD is diagnosed when troubling psychological symptoms from a traumatic event persist for more than one month after the experience. Before post traumatic stress disorder was well understood, it was referenced by other names such as "shell shock, to describe the lingering emotional issues exhibited by soldiers returning from war.

Motorcycle Wrecks and Personal Injury Attorneys

Inattentive Turns and Motorcycle Accidents in Oklahoma

Riders of motorcycles involved in accidents often times suffer severe injuries or even die, this same fate often impacts impacts all the parties involved in the wreck.. There exist several explanations for why motorcycle wrecks happen in Tulsa, Okla. causing a great majority of persons to feel the motorcycle rider is normally the cause or otherwise at fault. A large portion of motorcycle accidents that involve at least one car and a motorcycle occur when a motorist is making a left-hand turn and collides with a motorcycle lawfully traveling in the adjacent lane, or passing through an intersection.

Injuries Caused by Oklahoma Motorcycle Accidents

When these dangerous accidents occur, those involved may be left with life-long injuries that require substantial and continuous medical care, or worse, death. In 2012, eighty-three (83) motorcyclists were killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents in Oklahoma. This accounted for 12.5% of all fatal crashes in Oklahoma that year. Some people may look at this and believe 83 isn't are very large number, while others may believe this is an alarming statistic. Sometimes wrecks on motorcycles happen without being able to determine fault of any of the parties. However, a large number of motorcycle accidents are preventable if all motorists pay attention and respect each other on our Oklahoma roadways.

March 18, 2014

Motorcycle Selection

The motorcycle selection has always been a topic of discussion which requires updates as many brands are available in the market. As a customer of the product, you are must be aware of the performance parameters of the motorcycle which suit your needs. Following are some parameters which may be useful criteria to select a motorcycle:

Cubic centimetre capacity (cc) - the displacement of the piston in cylinder of the motorcycle; greater capacity means more power but if you increase the cc the Km/h average reduces. Both the parameters are inversely proportional. Your selection must fulfil your need. You need to decide whether you want power or mileage from the motorcycle. The commercial products up to 110 cc give good mileage and as you reach to 1000cc the mileage goes on reducing.

January 14, 2014

Motorcycle Maintenance: A 5 Step Guide

Motorcycles, like all vehicles, need to be serviced from time to time. However, in order to keep your motorcycle in general good working order, you should always carry out regular and simple maintenance checks. Get into a regular routine of checking your motorcycle in order to keep it running well until its next service. Read on for 5 easy to carry out maintenance checks for your motorcycle.

1: Read the manual!

Sounds obvious, but yet this is a commonly overlooked scenario. Even if you have owned other makes of motorcycles, each motorcycle brand and type will have its own character. Take time to read the owner manual, and refer to it if you have any troubleshooting on any issues.

2: Check tire pressure

Checking the tire pressure is extremely important and should be done weekly or before a big ride. Underinflated or overinflated tires can affect handling and breaking which could result in an accident. Always inflate your tires to the correct pressure level, which will vary depending on your tires, style of bike, and whether or not you will have a pillion passenger. Check the tires with a good quality pressure gauge, and always check when the tires are cold. Whilst there, have a quick check over the tire tread depth. If in any doubt, check with your local garage or service center.

3: Check the oil level

November 18, 2013

The Progression of Leather Motorcycle Jackets for Men

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions a Harley Davidson? Some would say big hefty bikes, while others would describe huge bearded men riding those bikes. On the other hand some people would describe the outfits that those men would possibly wear and yes, that would be the exhilarating leather culture that is associated with this phenomenon. A classic example given by anyone would be of a huge, hulk of a man, riding a Harley Davidson wearing a scintillating motorcycle leather jacket with a pair of baggy jeans and boots, covered from head to toe in tattoos, with chunky silver chains. Indeed, this is the perfect image generated when someone mentions a Harley Davidson. So what is that one key element that just combines this entire look? That's right; it's the men's motorcycle leather jackets because without this, the whole image would be incomplete!

So, has anyone heard of Marlon Brando? Of course, who hasn't? Famous for his role in the film "The Wild Ones" in 1953, he was the pioneer of the whole rebellious leather culture that was seen during that era. It was during that time that leather motorcycle jackets for men were introduced in the film industry and Brando was seen in his black motorcycle leather jacket throughout his film. It was fascinating for the men of that era to see how an outerwear could be used to symbolize certain concepts and in their case, men's motorcycle leather jackets were the emblem of rebels. Even in Brando's film, "The Wild Ones" his character is seen as belonging to a rebellious motorcycle gang, facing off another rebellious gang; their rivals. Therefore, most of the men of that era, after seeing their idol indulging in rebellious behavior while wearing extremely attractive leather jackets, couldn't help but to adopt the same style and behavior. For that reason, leather motorcycle jackets for men were always associated with the concept of rebellious and unruly behavior.

October 23, 2013

Useful Tips for Buying Motorcycle Parts and Accessories

If you are passionate about riding and you own a bike, you need to find out the best ways to buy parts and accessories. You need to ensure that you invest in the best products and take good care of your bike so that you can get optimum performance for a long time. You should make sure that you get regular inspection of the motorcycle and replace any worn out parts immediately. Apart from ensuring that the bike is in good condition, you also have to think about your personal safety by wearing the right gear, especially the helmet.

Buying Original Parts

When you need to change or replace any motorcycle parts, you should always opt for the original equipment manufacturers. This means that you will get the specific parts that are recommended by the manufacturers. When you buy the new OEM parts, you are guaranteed of superior quality. This means that you will be restoring your bike to a condition that is almost as good as new. These motorcycle parts are often more costly than other options but they are worth the cost for the results you get.

Aftermarket Parts

These are parts manufactured as quality substitutes of the original parts. Just like with the originals, these parts usually have superior performance. There are some aftermarket parts that can offer similar or even higher performance than the originals. It is, however, important to consider the manufacturer to avoid buying brands that do not work with your bike. Many bike enthusiasts prefer the aftermarket parts because they can use them to customize their bikes to suit their specific needs.

Buying Used Parts

September 11, 2013

Motorcycle Accidents: Knowing The Facts And Taking Precaution

From Marlon Brando in The Wild Ones, to Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider, there has always been a certain culture, image or mystique surrounding motorcycles. Ask any motorcycle rider what they love about riding and you will get answers like: I love the wind in my face, there's nothing like the feeling of freedom on the open road, it's the best way to see the country, the power and sense of speed is exhilarating, it's fun and it's an adrenaline rush. Some may even say, "It's the risk and danger of it."

Whether riding a tricked out Harley, a classic Indian or just a daily commuter, there is just something about cruising down the highway or zipping through town on a motorcycle. In today's economy of high gas prices, they can offer an affordable alternative when filling up at the pump. But there is also another side to motorcycles: accidents.

There is a saying among motorcyclists: "If you ride long enough, it's not if you're going to have an accident, it's when". And when those accidents happen they are far more likely to cause severe injury or death. Statistics show that on a per-mile driven basis, there are 35 times more deaths among motorcycle riders than automobile drivers. In Emergency Rooms, a dark term for motorcycles is donor cycles. That's a pretty alarming and the statistics bear closer examination, so let's break it down.

56% of motorcycle deaths involve collisions with other vehicles
78% of those deaths are from head-on collisions with automobiles or trucks
25% of motorcycle deaths involve hitting a fixed object
75% of motorcycle accidents involve the rider not properly negotiating a curve

Elements of Performance Motorcycle Exhaust Systems!

Every rider has some concept about the exhaust pipe system that his bike has. However, what most people don't recognize is that exhaust systems are an incredible key element to any engine, whether motorbike or car. Despite the fact that the upgraded motorbike exhaust market is booming, most motorbike lovers are not conscious of this. After all, you don't need to know the particulars of your motorcycle's exhaust system if you wish to modify it. Still, any serious rider would want to know as much as possible about their vehicle. Catalytic converters are gadgets that are used for decreasing pollutants. There is an adverse element of catalytic converters, though: they make back pressure, resulting in the end energy of the motorcycle dropping considerably. Changing or eliminating these rely entirely upon the regulations in your country or state.

The resonators, exhaust pipes and silencers, are gadgets whose objective is to decrease the sound coming from the exhaust system, pipes being the more effective of the two. However, silencers are said to be less destructive to the motorcycle's great end energy, as exhaust pipes can lead to an important decrease.