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Motorcycle safety 101

Whether you drive a car, truck or motorcycle, you share the road with other people and vehicles. Motorcycles can sometimes make other drivers nervous due to the fact they are more slender vehicles, they can weave through traffic inconspicuously and the driver is not encased within the vehicle.

Due to these differences, drivers of cars and trucks may not always take the necessary safety precautions when driving around motorcycles.

In an effort to help motorcyclists reduce the risk of injury in an accident, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has outlined a few safety tips that motorcyclists can review. You can view the full list on the site, but a few of the highlights include:

  • Helmets: Ontario law requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets. They can help reduce the risk of concussions or brain injuries in the event of an accident
  • Protective clothing: The right gear can help you remain visible, protect you from the environment (rocks, wind, rain,) and shield you from road rash if you are thrown from your bike.
  • Adjusting mirrors: These should always be adjusted before you start driving. Even when positioned correctly, it’s important to know that mirrors are not a replacement for physically looking over your shoulder to make sure the way is clear.

Motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic – often leading to brain and spinal cord injuries. If you have suffered from a serious motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important that you understand your legal right to compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you assess all of the ways in which the accident has negatively impacted your life – and seek justice on your behalf.

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