Q: What can I do to avoid another Vancouver motorcycle accident this fall?
The Vancouver motorcycle accident attorneys at McComb Witten would love to see our community reduce its accident rates. However, that is a challenging proposition. Even well prepared riders can make huge mistakes. Following are four tips to help you ride safer this fall.
1. Prepare for the journey.
Have you read your motorcycle manual? It should provide tips and deadlines for maintenance. Be sure to check the tires, controls, mirrors, fuel, oil, coolant levels, chain drive, brakes, and stands.
Also, dress for the season. It is colder, windier, and more rainy than most people realize in early fall, so watch the weather forecast before you get on the road.
2. Practice mindful riding.
Watch out for intersections, which are prime sites for a Vancouver motorcycle accident. Leave big gaps between your bike and vehicles in front of you. Stay alert for hazards, such as swerving cars, animals crossing the road, and debris in the road. Take extra care when you ride at dusk. Believe it or not, dusk riding is more dangerous than night riding, because dusk is a time of transition. If your face shield is scratched, repair it—scratched or smudged face shields can warp your perception of the road.
3. Riding with a passenger? Be extra safe!
Abide by the rules of the road, including age and weight restrictions. Bear in mind that autumn wind can make both regular riding and riding with passengers more treacherous. If you must pass a vehicle while riding with a passenger, give yourself extra space and time.
4. Understand your recent accident and, if appropriate, take legal action.
Whether you broke your leg in a fall, or you smashed your bike up in an intersection accident, understand what went wrong, so you do not repeat mistakes. Look to the Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyers at McComb Witten for thorough insight into your crash. Call us now at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free consultation, or educate yourself more about B.C.’s insurance structure by downloading our free report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know.