A motorcycle offers a gas-efficient and low-maintenance way for your teen to commute. Unfortunately, bikers are far more susceptible to injuries than occupants of passenger vehicles.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, 56 out of every 100,000 registered motorcycles were involved in fatal accidents in 2013 – compared to just nine out of every 100,000 passenger vehicles. As such, it is critical that young and inexperienced motorcyclists are proactive about riding safety. If your child rides a motorcycle, these five tips could save his or her life:
- Buy a DOT- or Snell-certified helmet;
- Take a training course;
- Purchase safety equipment;
- Adhere to speed limits;
- And do not carry passengers.
If you or your child was injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A New Orleans accident lawyer will guide you through the claims process.
Our legal team will gather evidence, interview witnesses, structure your claim, and represent your interests during settlement negotiations. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Until then, read on to learn five motorcycle safety tips for teens:
- Buy a DOT or Snell-Certified Helmet
The helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment for motorcyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you should only purchase a new helmet because old ones may have been damaged in accidents.
Also, buy a helmet that was certified by the Department of Transportation or the Snell Foundation. Make sure it is the correct size and feels comfortable.
- Take a Training Course
Your child should take a motorcycle training course. In fact, these can even help experienced riders reduce their risk of accidents.
These courses help motorcyclists develop smart riding habits, improve their skills, and identify and avoid dangerous situations. You can find a local riding course by visiting the Louisiana State Police website.
- Purchase Safety Equipment
Even a minor motorcycle accident can cause serious injuries – particularly if the rider is not wearing the appropriate safety equipment. Your teen should don a heavy leather jacket, riding pants, boots, goggles and gloves at all times.
- Adhere to Speed Limits
Teens have a tendency to drive too fast on their motorcycles, and a large percentage of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents involve high speed. Remind your child to play it safe and adhere to the legal limits.
- Do Not Carry Passengers
It may be tempting to offer lifts to friends, but this can increase the risk of crashing. The added weight can affect the motorcycle’s handling – especially when the passenger does not know how to ride safely.
Although these tips can help your child stay safe on a motorcycle, nobody can control the actions of other motorists. If you were injured by a negligent or reckless driver in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC.
A New Orleans personal-injury attorney will gather evidence, talk to witnesses, and help you avoid mistakes during the claims process, such as accepting a low settlement or unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.