Buying a new motorcycle is exciting, but before you hop in the saddle, it is important that you take steps to avoid legal problems, insurance issues and – perhaps most important – injuries if a crash happens.
These five steps are particularly important:
- Conduct a thorough inspection;
- Buy insurance;
- Register your new motorcycle;
- Buy the appropriate safety equipment; and
- Practice in a safe setting.
Unfortunately, even the most cautious riders can fall victim to drunk, distracted and negligent motorists. If you were hit by a reckless driver in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. An Alexandria motorcycle accident lawyer will help you recover the maximum compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages.
Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at five steps you should take before hitting the road on a new motorcycle:
- Conduct a Thorough Inspection
This is particularly important if you buy a used motorcycle. In fact, it is best to conduct an inspection before you make the purchase.
You can find a comprehensive inspection checklist on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s website. You should also review the vehicle’s accident report, and ask a mechanic to check the motorcycle for dangerous defects.
- Buy Insurance
It is against the law to ride a motorcycle in the state of Louisiana without insurance. According to esurance.com, you must purchase motorcycle insurance that meets the following minimum limits:
- $10,000 for bodily injury per person;
- $20,000 for bodily injury per accident; and
- $10,000 for property damage per accident.
- Register Your New Motorcycle
You can find out where and how to register your motorcycle by visiting the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles’ website. Also, make sure your driver’s license has not expired.
- Buy the Appropriate Safety Equipment
Even a slow-speed motorcycle crash is likely to cause severe injuries. As such, it is critical that you purchase the appropriate safety gear.
The most important piece of motorcycle safety equipment is the helmet. Find a helmet that was certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation or the Department of Transportation. Don’t forget to invest in a pair of riding gloves, Kevlar riding boots and a high-quality leather jacket.
- Practice in a Safe Setting
Every motorcycle handles differently. Even if you are a seasoned rider, you should get a feel for your new bike by practicing in a safe environment such as an empty parking lot.
Pay attention to how the bike feels when riding on uneven surfaces, on wet roads and in high winds. Practice using various levels of brake force so you are prepared to stop abruptly and avoid unexpected hazards in the road.
If you were involved in a motorcycle crash that another driver caused, contact an Alexandria motorcycle accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. Our legal team will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.