Every June, the National Safety Council promotes National Safety Month. This is a time of year meant to raise awareness about reducing causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and at home. This attention to safety is essential, especially considering how many car, motorcycle, and truck accidents occur every day in Washington and around the country. If you are a proud motorcyclist, the following advice will help you stay safe on the road.
Find the Right Helmet
If you’re now in the market for a new motorcycle helmet, you have plenty of options to stay comfortable and stylish while still following the law. A helmet with a full-face shield is the best option since it is guaranteed to meet state specifications and provides the most coverage for your face, but you can also use a three-quarter open face helmet which is similar to a full-face helmet, short of the face and chin protection.
Just be sure that whatever you choose is DOT approved, so it is in line with federal safety standards. Wearing a helmet doesn’t just keep you out of legal trouble; it is also the most efficient way to protect yourself from sustaining a traumatic brain injury if an accident occurs.
Maintain Your Visibility
As any biker knows, visibility is challenging to begin with, especially thanks to distracted drivers. Unfortunately, visibility is also the first thing to become compromised when rain begins. It’s hard enough to see through the rain in a car with windshield wipers, making it even more of a struggle on a motorcycle.
Improve your visibility with a brightly colored vest and clear turning signals. If you aren’t already using a windscreen and visor that are treated to wick away water, you should buy one of the number of aftermarket products available to maximize visibility in the rain.
What If You Are Hurt?
Unfortunately, even if you are a safe and careful motorcyclist, it only takes one irresponsible driver in the lane next to you to cause an accident. If you sustain injuries and damage due to that driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation that covers the ramifications of the accident. Your compensation can actually cover far more than the physical damage to your motorcycle. With the help of an attorney, you can retain compensation for past and future medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity due to injuries, pain and suffering, and more.
At the Law Office of Joseph P. Bartek, Attorney Bartek specializes in helping motorcycle accident victims throughout the Bellingham, Washington area. Though the best thing you can do is stay safe, the next best option is to protect your financial situation by trusting Attorney Bartek to fight for the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident. Call (360) 526-8584 to learn more.