Summertime in Mississippi offers the perfect weather for riding a motorcycle. In addition to the thrill of the open road, riders enjoy lower gas expenses and easier parking. Unfortunately, these benefits come with inherent dangers. Even with the proper safety equipment, a motorcycle crash is likely to end with injuries or death. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the growth in motorcycle sales and registrations in the United States has coincided with an increase in accidents, property damage, injuries and fatalities involving motorcycles.
Safe riding begins well before you hit the road. You can reduce your risk of accidents and injuries by choosing an appropriate motorcycle. Here are a few factors to consider when comparing the options:
- Your level of riding experience;
- Where you want to ride;
- Your lifestyle and skill level;
- And the nature of the riding trips you plan to take.
Although buying the right motorcycle will make you safer on the road, nobody can control the actions of other drivers. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD.
A Biloxi motorcycle accident attorney can guide you through the claims process. We will help you avoid mistakes such as accepting a low settlement or signing a general release.
Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation. Until then, read on to learn four factors to consider when purchasing a motorcycle:
Your Level of Riding Experience
Your riding experience is arguably the most important factor to consider when purchasing a motorcycle. According to MotoUSA, some bikes require more skill to handle and maneuver than others, and the wrong choice can be a result in a frustrating and dangerous motorcycle experience.
Conversely, a veteran rider can get easily frustrated with an entry-level motorcycle, which may lead to complacency. An entry-level bike might not provide the power and features to match an experienced rider’s technique and style.
Where You Want to Ride
Motorcycles come in a range of sizes and styles to suit a variety of riding conditions. Most bikes on the market were designed to ride on paved roads, but there are also dual-purpose bikes that can safely handle both off- and on-road conditions, as well as off-road bikes specifically for dirt riding. Determine how and where you intend to use your bike before making the purchase.
Your Lifestyle and Skill Level
Motorcycle buyers have a long list of options including cruisers, sport bikes, touring bikes and standard motorcycles. Your motorcycle should cater to your lifestyle and skill level. Each build has its own pros and cons.
For example, cruisers may have the look and feel that you’re after, but they are difficult to handle around corners and are not suitable for long rides. Ask your dealer which type of bike suits your riding style and skill level.
The Nature of the Riding Trips You Plan to Take
Consider the type of trips you plan to take. Commuting to work every day on a dirt bike or cruiser is not only uncomfortable, but it may also be dangerous. Likewise, you cannot safely complete a cross-country trip on a sport bike.
If you were in a crash that a negligent driver caused, contact a Biloxi motorcycle accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LTD. We will evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.