The beginning of the riding season is one of the times of the year with a spike in motorcycle accidents. This is sometimes attributed to the fact that riders haven’t ridden in many months and can be rusty. Additionally, after sitting unused, it is important to have a complete inspection of the bike to ensure that it’s road-ready.
So, where do you start? Here are some suggestions:
Your motorcycle T.C.L.O.C.S. inspection checklist
T.C.L.O.C.S. is a comprehensive motorcycle inspection that stands for “tires and wheels, controls, lights and electrics, oil and other fluids, chassis and stands.” Here is the full checklist from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Other precautions riders should take before hitting the road
Anytime you or your bike has been out of action for a while, it is good practice to be extra cautious. Here are some helpful safety tips for that first ride out:
- Keep it close to home: It is a good idea to take a few short-distance rides at a low speed. This serves to refamiliarize yourself with the bike and to check out how it is handling.
- Avoid congested areas: While reacquainting yourself with the bike, it is a good idea to avoid congested areas until you re-sharpen your riding abilities.
- Wear head protection: Make sure to have a proper helmet that meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
- Use eye protection: A windshield does not offer enough protection for your eyes. Be sure to choose proper eye protection such as riding glasses or a face shield on the helmet.
- Wear protective clothing: Riders should use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is high visibility and reflective.
- Use foot protection: Durable footwear that covers the ankle is recommended.
Despite taking all safety precautions, accidents happen. It is important to be proactive about motorcycle safety to help mitigate the risks.
If thinking about going forward with legal proceedings over damages from a motorcycle accident, it is important to be reminded of Nevada’s statute of limitations. A legal advocate that is experienced in personal injury cases that result from a motorcycle accident can be best equipped to advise you of the merits of your case.