According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2013, 4,668 people died in motorcycle accidents, and 88,000 people were injured.  Motorcycle riders were 26 times more likely to die in an accident than those who use cars. Because motorcyclists don’t have the protective chassis of a car, they are more likely to suffer deadly or fatal injuries when they are involved in accidents. When other drivers make mistakes on the road, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer more serious and disabling injuries. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Columbus, Ohio, it is important to speak to a personal injury lawyer. A motorcycle attorney like E. Ray Critchett may able to assist you in receiving a recovery for your medical expenses, long-term care, and lost wages.
However, many motorcycle accidents can be prevented with proper maintenance. When your bike is in top working order, it is more maneuverable and less likely to stall. Here are some important maintenance tips to consider before you hit the road.
According to Allstate, it’s a good idea to consult your motorcycle’s operator’s manual. The kind of maintenance you’ll need to perform on your bike will vary depending on the model you own. Your owner’s manual will likely provide you with regular maintenance schedules to make sure you’re on track with caring for your bike. The American Motorcyclist Association recommends investing in a manufacturers service manual. The service manual provides all the information a mechanic will need to repair or rebuild your bike. While these manuals can run you as much as $100, they can be an incredibly important resource, especially if you like to make repairs to your bike yourself.
Regular maintenance should include a regular check of tire pressure. Check the tires for wear and make sure that the pressure is right. A tire that isn’t properly inflated may be prone to faster wear, or, in the worst case scenario, put you at risk of a blowout. A blowout while on the road can result in you losing control of your bike.
Check your brakes. Think of your brakes as your safety net. Working brakes allow you to stop and slow down to avoid accidents. Check your brake pad thickness and monitor brake fluid levels.
Keep your chain lubricated and check it for signs of wear or damage. A dry chain can lead to a build up of friction which can result in a broken chain.
Check your steering system and make sure that everything is tightened. If the steering feels “loose,” you may need to replace the bearings.
Run a “pre-ride checklist.” Yes, every time. Check your oil. Double check tire air pressure. Monitor your bike for any brake or gas leaks. Check your electrical switches and controls. These checks won’t take you long and they can prevent a tragic accident if performed every time.
Of course, you can be the most responsible motorcyclist in the world and still run into trouble if another driver isn’t looking out for you. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident where another driver was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your injuries. Contact  E. Ray Critchett, LLC, a personal injury lawyer in Columbus, Ohio today to learn more.

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