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.