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Don't become a statistic: Five tips for safe summer motorcycling

We're halfway through the summer but this is no time to lose focus on riding safely on Texas roadways. Numerous factors can lead to catastrophic injuries even if riders follow every traffic law. There might be additional things to remember, however, that can increase your chances of escaping a ride unscathed.

What can be done?

During the summer months, most people get carried away. Vacations, longer days, great weather - these are all good reasons to get on your bike and get "into the wind." There are several things to keep in mind, though, as you hit the road.

  • Dress appropriately: While the temptation might be to dress in cool, loose-fitting clothing, your clothes are one of the only protections you have. Boots, jeans, leather jacket and a helmet - this protective clothing is your first line of defense if your bike goes down.
  • Keep your focus on the road: There might be less opportunity for riders to be distracted as those in a car or truck, but distractions do exist. From making a phone call to navigating a GPS unit to reading a text, any action that pulls your focus from the road can be deadly.
  • Don't drink and ride: In fact, anything that could potentially alter your focus, attention or cognitive abilities must be avoided. Drinking, drugs - ever certain types of medication - can impact your ability to stay safe on the road.
  • Be aware of cars and trucks: Not everyone on the road is aware of their surroundings. Cars might change lanes without checking and trucks contain a bigger blind spot than you might realize. Stay vigilant while riding and pay attention to those around you - they might not be looking for you at all.
  • Avoid unsafe driving behaviors: While it might be tempting to take advantage of the speed and maneuverability of a motorcycle, it is best to follow traffic rules and let the experience be its own reward. Speeding, lane splitting or passing on the shoulder are all actions that can lead to serious accidents and devastating injuries.

If you were injured due to the negligence of another driver, it is crucial that you speak with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can provide the guidance you need as you seek compensation for your injuries.

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