As the summer months continue to roll on, there will likely be more motorcycles on our North Carolina roads. From people trying to get to work, to school or off on a weekend adventure, a motorcycle offers flexibility, excitement and a dependable ride. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents account for a significant number of injuries and fatalities in the state and across the country.

Here are five tips to remember that can keep you and other riders safe.

  • Wear the proper gear: In general, this advice can simply refer to heavy clothing such as long pants and a long-sleeved jacket. It’s also important for riders to wear a full-coverage helmet to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury in a collision. Additionally, riders should consider bright or reflective clothing to increase their chances of being seen in darkness.
  • Beware other drivers: During a ride, you might do everything correctly and still be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, while riding you must also pay attention to the drivers around you. An inexperienced driver, a drunk driver or a distracted driver can be negligent on the road leading to poor decisions and catastrophic accidents.
  • Avoid distractions: Likewise, it is crucial that the rider must avoid distractions whenever possible. Texting, reading email, making a phone call or manipulating a GPS unit can all take your eyes and attention off the road.
  • Avoid bad weather: While this might seem like common sense, it’s important to recognize the changing weather patterns and adjust your schedule accordingly. From a thunderstorm rolling through the area to dangerous winds, a peaceful ride can quickly become hazardous.
  • Assume they can’t see you: Whether you are crossing an intersection, merging onto a highway or changing lanes, it is wise to assume that other motorists on the road simply can’t see you. Assume you are invisible and the car in the lane next to you will change lanes directly into your path. By having a contingency in mind, you can avoid serious accidents.

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you discuss your injuries with a personal injury attorney.