Motorcycle Safety Considerations

Motorcycles are a common mode of transportation, especially in the summer months when people are seeking an easy transportation option that allows them to enjoy the warm weather. In Canada, there are currently over 700,000 motorcycles registered, which constitute nearly 11% of all road users. Canadian motor vehicle fatality rates are decreasing, with 2016 reaching an all-time low, but motorcycle accidents still account for 12.9% of serious injuries on the road. In light of May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, there are many ways you can improve your motorcycle safety to avoid becoming a statistic.

Wear Proper Gear

Although you may be tempted to wear short sleeves in the hot summer months, proper motorcycle gear is critical in reducing personal injury.

Proper gear includes items, such as:

  • helmet

  • gloves

  • jacket

  • pants

  • boots

  • glasses

Hands and feet are constructed of especially fragile skin that is prone to injury in the event of an accident. Protecting your extremities is crucial, as we use our hands and feet in all daily activities. Wearing leather jackets and pants prevents road rash, deep lacerations, and bone fractures. Leather materials provide more protection when compared to their synthetic alternatives, as they are thicker and more durable. Individual helmet laws vary by province and territory, but are mandatory across Canada. Helmets are one of the most effective safety devices, but should be properly fitted to your head to ensure maximum protection. Many people don’t spend the necessary money on proper equipment, but investing in high-quality gear is a worthwhile expense—considering you already purchased a motorcycle—to put your mind at ease.

Participate in Continuous Education

Just because you passed your motorcycle exam several years ago doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from a refresher. Continuously updating your motorcycle education allows you to stay on top of rule changes and will give you the confidence to handle certain situations. In these classes, you will learn how to react in various emergency situations caused by weather or accidents, giving you the resources you need. Gaining new motorcycle knowledge gives you the tools necessary to drive defensively and avoid unnecessary accidents. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers not being able to see motorcyclists, or by hazards found on the road. Participating in a course also helps reduce insurance premiums for new drivers.

Install Anti-Lock Brakes

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are credited with improving motorcycle safety and have lead to a decrease in motor vehicle deaths and crashes. ABS work by reducing the brake pressure, preventing lockups that cause serious falls and skids. Brake lockups occur when a driver is forced to slam on the brakes due to a hazard or other driver and only activates in emergency situations. When driving 100kmph, ABS decreases braking distance by nine metres. Because ABS is seen as an added safety feature, you might be able to reduce your insurance costs by installing the system.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, trust the team of lawyers at MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us or call 1-888-434-0398 to set up a free consultation.

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