With restrictions relaxing and plenty of summer left, many Edmontonians are thinking about a long-awaited motorcycle road trip. Whether you’re eyeing up a scenic ride through Northern Alberta, a trip down to the Badlands, or even venturing outside of the province, safety is critical to fully enjoy your next adventure on the open road.
To help get started, you’ll find five more for highway motorcycle safety this spring, as well as information on how James H. Brown and Associates can help after an accident.
1. Make Yourself Visible
Even on the highway, motorcyclists should take extra care to ensure that they’re visible to other drivers. This means using your lights when it’s dark, using hand signals when appropriate, and avoid riding in anyone’s blind spot (usually just behind a driver’s front doors). Consider adding reflective material to your motorcycle and safety gear to increase your visibility in poor light.
2. Maintain Safe Distances On All Sides, At All Times
Motorcycles have shorter stopping distances, but that doesn’t mean you can follow other vehicles closer. Lane-sharing is illegal in Alberta, meaning motorcyclists have no excuse not to give vehicles appropriate distance all-around. Always make safe, controlled passes when necessary, and be sure to give vehicles pulling large or unstable loads extra room.
3. Ride Defensively and Confidently
Being aggressive on the highway usually doesn’t end well. However, being too timid can inadvertently make you a hazard for other drivers. Make maneuvers confidently at an appropriate speed; if you’re feeling rusty, consider taking a refresher course with a professional organization. In particular, off-road safety courses are a great way to learn how to deal with unexpected highway hazards.
4. Slow Down in Inclement Weather
Even if you have the skills to ride safely in poor weather, the people sharing the highway with you may not. Bear in mind that motorcyclists are notoriously difficult to see in rain and fog; do everything you can to remain visible, and (safely!) pull over if it’s difficult to remain in control.
5. Keep Your Cool
Getting into confrontations with other drivers rarely ends well for motorcyclists. No matter what happens, keep your composure and continue riding safely and within your comfort level.
What to Do if You’re Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are all too common on Alberta highways. If you or someone you’re riding with is injured on the highway, take the following steps to protect your health and rights:
- Seek Medical Attention. Even “minor” injuries require medical attention after an accident. Even seemingly insignificant injuries can get worse over time, and many insurance companies will question your injuries’ seriousness if you don’t get them looked at. It’s always better to be cautious with your health, especially if you have to pursue compensation later.
- Document Damages. If a motorcycle accident prevents you from working, leads to additional medical expenses, or changes what you can do during your day-to-day routine, keep track of it. A detailed journal of “damages” and lifestyle changes caused by an accident can be extremely valuable. If you need to file a claim or seek a settlement, this information will help you pursue complete and fair compensation for all the consequences of your injury.
- Seek Legal Advice. Getting sound legal advice from an experienced injury lawyer is one of the first steps towards recovery after a serious injury. Alberta accident injury law is complicated; a professional opinion and an experienced team can help you secure the compensation you’re entitled to.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Law with James H. Brown and Associates
Since 1993, James H. Brown and Associates has built its reputation by standing up for Albertan accident victims and their families. Our team understands firsthand the toll serious injury can take, and has over 200 years of combined experience getting results for our clients.
No two accidents are the same; that’s why we offer a complete range of resources and support for our clients and their families, including:
- An award-winning team of experienced lawyers with an unrivalled record of success.
- Complete investigation and evidence preservation services, including accident reconstruction engineering.
- Strong relationships with organizations ready to assist with rehabilitation and recovery.
- And More!
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
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