How to Make Yourself More Visible to Drivers While Riding Your Motorcycle
When you head out on your motorcycle, there are a lot of potential dangers that you need to be on the lookout for. Wet pavement, oil slicks, loose gravel, potholes, and fallen limbs are just a few of the hazards you might encounter on the road that can lead to a serious crash. But by far, the biggest risk you face is drivers who don’t see you.
And while you can anticipate the movements and behavior of other drivers to some degree, you can’t completely predict what they’re going to do. And when those drivers can’t or don’t see you, you’re completely at their mercy on Virginia’s roads. In this situation, the only way to stay safe is to make yourself as visible as possible.
You can achieve this by:
- Wearing brightly colored gear—An all-black outfit may look sleek, but it doesn’t do you any favors for improving your safety. The brighter and more colorful your gear, the better.
- Riding with your lights on—Whether you’re riding at dusk in the winter or at noon on a bright summer day, your lights make you more visible to drivers.
- Avoiding times of reduced visibility—Don’t ride at night or early in the morning, and get home before the sun sets. Avoid riding in the rain or when it’s foggy.
It’s up to you to protect your safety while you ride, but if you get hurt by a negligent driver, the legal team at Skolrood Law Firm wants to help you get compensation. Contact our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation.
Do You Need Separate Insurance to Cover Your Motorcycle?
As a motorcyclist, you’re well aware of the dangers you face every time you ride. Unlike people in passenger vehicles, you have nothing protecting you from serious injuries when you’re in a crash except for the gear you wear. That means it’s essential to have insurance to compensate you for your expenses, especially if the driver who hits you is underinsured or uninsured.
But what if you already have insurance coverage for your car, truck, or SUV? Do you need separate coverage for your motorcycle, too? YES—but many insurers offer bundles that can save you money and make it easier to keep track of your policies.
Regardless of what type of policy you purchase, know that it’s required by law in Virginia to have valid insurance when you use the state’s roads, whether you’re driving in a passenger vehicle or riding a motorcycle. Motorcycle insurance is offered similarly to regular auto insurance, and you’ll have many options when it comes to protecting yourself and your bike when picking a policy.
But because the threat of injuries is so much greater for motorcyclists, it’s important to purchase uninsured/underinsured coverage that goes beyond the state’s minimum. Otherwise, you may still end up paying for your crash-related costs out of pocket. It’s also advisable to look into Medical Payments coverage, which can help with your medical bills regardless of who was at fault for your crash.
Ultimately, having more insurance is always a good thing when you’re in a crash, but there’s no guarantee you’ll get the money you’re owed. That’s where we come in. After a motorcycle accident, get our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers on your side. We’ll fight to ensure the insurance company treats you fairly. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Motorcycle Season Is Almost Here, But Not All Drivers Are Ready for Bikers
There are still a few weeks of winter left, but temperatures have already started rising throughout Virginia. And with spring just around the corner, many bikers have already brought their motorcycles out of storage and hit the state’s highways and scenic routes.
When riding for the first time after a long winter, you should always check your motorcycle’s critical components, such as tires, brakes, and lights. You should also start off with an easy ride to re-acquaint yourself to getting around on two wheels. But unfortunately, there’s one risk factor of riding that you can’t control or minimize: the actions of other people on the road.
Other drivers are always the biggest risk factor for motorcyclists. And even in the middle of summer when bikers are at their most prominent on Virginia’s roadways, too many drivers still fail to look for them or give them space. The issue is even worse in late winter and early spring when drivers haven’t needed to be on the lookout for bikers nearly as much as they do at other times of year.
Thankfully, you CAN make yourself more difficult to overlook by taking these measures:
- Wearing brightly colored riding gear
- Wearing all the gear, all the time (that means helmet, riding jacket, pants, gloves, and boots)
- Turning your headlights on, even during the day
- Sticking to well-lit highways and roads
- Avoiding riding at night and during inclement weather, such as rain or fog
If you or someone you love is injured by a negligent driver this spring or any other time of year, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help. Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.