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Check Out Your Motorcycle Before You Cruise: Advice From a Vancouver Motorcycle Crash Lawyer

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Our Vancouver motorcycle crash attorneys believe that many injury crashes (and deaths) could be averted if riders observed the following three motorcycle safety tips:



1. Get the right bike for your needs and get to know your bike.


What are your bike's strengths and weaknesses? Know them, and you will be safer on the road.


There is no “one right bike” for everyone or for every purpose. If you are a cross-country enthusiast, you want a bike good for the long haul. If you ride to work, you may want a different type of bike.


Talk to other owners of the same type of motorcycle. Read about their experiences in online forums. What the common safety risks do they seem to face?


Read your owner’s manual. Find a good mechanic to "battle-prep" the bike for great performance.


Yes, that is a lot of homework! But, what would you rather do?


Would you rather spend 20 hours now, really getting to understand your bike and the potential risks of driving it? Or, would you rather spend 2,000 hours recovering from a debilitating injury that could have prevented by this preparation?



2. Thoroughly inspect your bike—particularly if you have not driven in a while.


Look at the coolant levels, cables, turn signals, mirrors, horn, lights, tires, chain drive, center stand, side stand, and even the seat.


Some components are more important to inspect than are others. If your horn is squeaky or coolant levels low, get them checked out when you can. However, if your tires are on the verge of bursting, get them fixed as soon as possible!


The point is to be extremely thorough in your inspection. Take a page from explorers and astronauts: You never know what might go wrong, so minimize anything that might go wrong.



3. Assess yourself.


Are you tired? Are you sick? Are you angry or fatigued?


Develop your self-awareness, so you can stop yourself from riding, if you are not in the right frame of mind or body. When exhausted, hitch a ride or take a cab. Make more mindful decisions about whether to ride (and how to ride) before you rev up the engine.


If you have been hurt in a crash, a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten is standing by to help. Call our office today at 604-255-9018 to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. You may also wish to download a copy of our free report, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know!