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Motorcycle Safety Information
Denver Colorado Motorcycle Accident AttorneyIn 2007, 103,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle accidents across the United States. While all vehicles have a responsibility to share Colorado’s roadways, the unfortunate truth is that motorcyclists are often “overlooked”. As a result, they can be severely injured in serious and life threatening accidents. In order to reduce your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident, follow these safety guidelines. Motorcycle safety is largely dependent upon the condition of the motorcycle itself. According to the State of Colorado Motorcycle Operator’s Handbook, motorcyclists should make a complete technical review of the vehicle before taking to the road. In fact, mechanical failures are attributed to 3 percent of motorcycle accidents.
A full motorcycle safety review should include
- Make sure the clutch and throttle work responsively. When in top working condition a throttle will “snap back” when you release it.
- Always check the air pressure in the tires.
- Clean and adjust the mirrors.
- Ensure that both the dimmer switch on the headlight and tail light for high and low beams are working properly.
- Check underneath the motorcycle for evidence of oil or gas leaks
- Ensure that oil and gas levels are sufficient.
- Test both of the brake light controls and make sure each of these powers on the brake light.
- Ensure that all four of the turn signals power on and flash.
- Test the front and rear brakes individually. The motorcycle brakes should be firm and hold the motorcycle stable.
- Meet or exceed the standards established in the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, 49 CFR 571.218, for Motorcycle Helmets.”