Oklahoma Motorcycle Injury Attorneys Ask “Is Your Bike Ready to Ride?”

Step outside and you can feel it in the air. Spring is here! For motorcyclists, spring means the start of riding season! But before you hop on your hog, it is important to take the time to ensure your bike is in proper riding condition. This is especially true if you have not ridden your bike for several months. Riders sometimes forget that winter weather can wreak havoc on a bike. To make sure that your bike is ready to spring into action when you are, take the time to perform the following safety checks on your bike:

  • Examine the tires: It goes without saying that tires on a bike are critically important. If your tires do not have the correct amount of pressure, your bike will be more difficult to handle. Low tire pressure can also cause tires to wear out prematurely. When examining your bike’s tires you want to be sure to look for any cracking or flat spots, which can happen after a bike has been sitting in the same spot for a while.
  • Top off or change fluids: Check all fluid to make sure that each fluid is at its desired level. Fluids to check include shaft drive oil, hydraulic fluid, gear oil, brake fluid and coolant. If any of your fluids have discolored, it is often best to replace it completely, as the fluid may have degraded or become dirty.
  • Check your battery: Depending on how long your bike has been sitting, the battery may require a charge. Look the battery over for signs of corrosion and clean any dust or debris off of the terminals. Keep in mind that the average life span of a battery is only 12 to 24 months.
  • Clean your headlights: After a crash between a motorcycle and a car, the driver of the car often reports not having seen the motorcycle until after it was too late. Do not become a victim because drivers cannot see you. Makes sure that your headlights are clean. It also wise to check to make sure both your high and low beams work.
  • Test your brakes: Another important area to check after a bike has been sitting for a while is the brakes. Test both the front and rear brakes separately. Take notice if you hear any noises. Scraping or squealing sounds are often indicative of brakes in need of repair. Also check brake pads for wear.
  • Inspect controls: Cold weather can mean trouble for your bike. Be sure to thoroughly inspect your bike’s controls before going for a long spring ride. You want to be sure to look over your bike’s:
    • Hoses: Look for cracks, bulges and leaks
    • Pedals and levers: for bending or breaking
    • Cables: for kinks, fraying or signs of corrosion

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to seek the advice of seasoned Oklahoma Motorcycle Injury Attorneys at your first opportunity. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are veteran injury attorneys who have fought for the rights of countless motorcycle injury victims. Our compassionate attorneys understand the deep and devastating physical and emotional impacts a serious accident can have on a person and his or her family. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center will work diligently to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys. Trust our team of injury attorneys to fight for you!

 

Oklahoma Motorcycle Injury Attorneys Debunk Helmet Myths

While a motorcyclist never wants to be in a crash, he or she must be physically and mentally prepared for a crash every time he or she takes to the road. Unlike a car or truck, there is no physical structure to keep a motorcyclist safe. If the motorcyclist is an accident there is a high likelihood that he or she may be thrown for his or her bike. This is why motorcyclists must take precautions to prevent injuries every time they ride.

Wearing proper gear can be the difference between walking away and death. The most valuable piece of safety gear for any motorcyclist is the helmet. Since a brain injury can equal severe disability or death, it is important for a motorcyclist to keep his or her head safe. However, there are still motorcyclists who do not wear helmets every time they go for a ride. Often a motorcyclist’s reason for not wearing a helmet is usually based on a myth, not fact. The following are common myths regarding motorcycle helmets:

  • Helmets can cause injuries to the neck and/or spine.

 

This myth was in part propagated by a small study that found that the sheer weight of the helmet could cause torque on the neck in accident, which could cause damage to the neck and/or spine. This study has been criticized by many. In fact recent studies and data have shown that helmets do work to prevent, not cause injuries to a person’s neck and/or spine. Helmet usage is also known to reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries and deaths from motorcycle accidents.

  • Motorcyclists who wear helmets are less cautious.

The “logic” behind this myth is that a motorcyclist that wears a helmet is more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior because he or she is wearing a helmet. However, at least one study has shown that the most cautious motorcycle operators are those who tend to wear the most gear.

  • Helmets limit peripheral vision.

While this myth is quite common, it too is completely false. All Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant helmets are required to provide the user at least 210 degree vision. What this means is that a person’s peripheral vision should be just as good with or without a helmet on.

 

  • Wearing a helmet interferes with a motorcyclist’s ability to hear road noises.

 

A study sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA in the early ‘90s looked at the impact that helmet usage had on a motorcyclist’s hearing. The study found that the hearing of riders who wore helmets was not negatively impacted by wearing a helmet.

  • Wearing a helmet while riding can prevent an accident.

 

While it is important for all motorcyclists to wear protective gear, there is no amount of gear that will prevent a motorcyclist from being involved in an accident. All quality gear can do is decrease the likelihood or severity of injury in the event the motorcyclist is involved in a crash.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident it is important to consult with  experienced Oklahoma Motorcycle Injury Attorneys as soon as possible. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have helped numerous motorcycle injury victims receive compensation for their injuries. Contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924 to schedule your free and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys. At The Handley Law Center our attorneys understand the devastating personal and financial impact that a motorcycle accident can have on a victim and his or her family. No one fights harder for motorcycle injury victims than us!

 

Oklahoma Injury Attorneys Caution Motorcyclists about Common Injuries

Any time a person gets on the road there is a risk that he or she could be involved in an accident. This is a fact that most drivers never really think about when they hop into their car or truck and head to work or to the grocery store. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, almost always have to have this fact at the forefront of their minds.

This is in part because before a motorcyclist even gets on his or her bike, he or she makes decisions as to put on a helmet and/or other protective gear. Gear that is designed to protect him or her in case of an accident. Since unlike automobile accident victims, motorcycle victim are more likely to suffer more severe injuries because they lack the protection that a car or truck affords its occupants. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration around 4,500 motorcyclists were killed in 2013 and another 88,000 were injured. The following are some of the most common injuries motorcycle victims incur:

Road Rash

One of the reasons motorcyclists wear leather clothing is to put a layer of protection between them and road, in case of an accident. However, despite wearing proper gear a motorcyclist can still suffer from painful skin abrasions. These scrapes and cuts are often thought to be no big deal, but road rash, if left untreated can become infected and cause serious nerve damage or skin infection. In some cases, road rash, can lead to permanent disfigurement.

Fractured/Broken Bones

Protective gear is an absolute must for any motorcyclist—regardless if the person is experienced or a complete novice. Proper gear can lessen the severity of injuries in many cases, if the motorcyclist involved in an accident. The good news is that broken or fractured legs, feet and arms while common after an accident, do heal and usually leave no long-term disability.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most severe and lost long lasting—often leaving a person with partial or complete paralysis. Most individuals with spinal cord injuries are unable to return to work and rely on full-time care. If a person is experiencing any pain in his or her neck or back after being involved in a motorcycle accident it is important to seek immediate medical attention. As these symptoms could be signs of a possible but serious spinal or neurological damage.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other head injuries are some of the most debilitating and severe injuries that motorcyclists risk when in an accident. This is why regular helmet usage is so vitally important. A TBI can interfere with a person’s ability to speak, move and even think. In some cases a TBI can alter a person’s personality. This translates to a potential lifetime of care, costly medical treatments and enormous stress for the victim’s family.

 

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. To determine if another person is liable for your injuries, it is important to seek the advice of  experienced Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys as soon as possible. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have helped countless motorcycle injury victims. At The Handley Law Center our attorneys understand the devastating impact a motorcycle injury can be for an injury victim and his or her family. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. No one fights harder for motorcycle injury victims than us!

 

 

Oklahoma Motorcycle Attorneys Offer Tips for Staying Safe in Traffic

Whether you ride your motorcycle just for fun on the weekends or it is your main mode of transportation, one thing remains the same. The need to be safe. The biggest danger facing any motorcyclist are other vehicles. The drivers of these vehicles have a tendency not to see motorcycles. Each year too many motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed in collisions with automobiles whose drivers claim to have never seen the motorcyclist. This is true in part, because drivers of cars and trucks are trained to look for other cars and trucks. This makes it is especially dangerous for motorcyclists, when in heavy traffic. If you are riding your motorcycle in city traffic or on congested roadways, you need to be smart. The following tips can help you safely navigate heavy traffic:

  • Position yourself so you are visible to motorists: Many times after an accident with a motorcycle, a driver of a car will report that he or she “did not see” the motorcycle. Is this person lying? Most likely, no. Some recent medical studies are showing that the brain may not perceive motorcycles as they do cars and trucks, due to their smaller size. While brightly colored helmets and reflective jackets can help, they are by far not your best defense. The best thing any motorcyclist can do to be more visible to other motorists, is to position themselves correctly. This includes avoiding driving in another vehicle’s blind spots or adjacent to another vehicle. A motorcyclist is best if he or she can position themselves in front of another driver’s line of vision. This way, if the driver forgets to check his or her blind spots or changes lanes without signaling, he or she can do so without hitting the motorcyclist.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: A safe following distance is the distance a motorcyclist should keep between him or herself and the vehicle in front of them. The longer the following distance, the longer the motorcyclist has to react to the situation in front of him or her. The greater following distance also helps the motorcyclist to be more visible to oncoming traffic. A four second following distance is best, while a two second distance is considered the bare minimum.
  • Always have an escape lane: When riding in heavy traffic it is important for a motorcyclist to always have an escape route planned to avoid becoming sandwiched between two cars. If you think the car behind you is not slowing down in time to avoid hitting you, flash your brake lights and be prepared to make an escape.
  • Pick the best travel route: If you know you will be riding during a particularly busy time of day, take some time and plan your route. Sometimes the shortest route is not always the best route. You may find a route that is slightly longer, but can result in a lot less hassle. This does not mean however, that a less busy side street should be treated like a walk in the park. A neighborhood street can just as easily result in a close call. A motorcyclist must always be on guard.

If you were seriously injured in a motorcycle collision then you need a skilled and compassionate Oklahoma Motorcycle Attorneys who understand motorcycle injury law. At The Handley Law Center our experienced team of litigators have helped countless motorcycle injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Only an accomplished Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney who is well-versed in motorcycle injury law can help properly defend your rights. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our team of injury professionals to provide you with aggressive representation.

Have a Motorcycle? Get Safety Gear!

No one plans to be in a motorcycle accident. However, every time you hop on your motorcycle, you should take the necessary precautions to prevent injury to yourself in the case you are involved in a crash. One of the things every motorcyclist can do to prevent injury to him or herself in the event of a wreck is to wear the proper gear. Proper motorcycle gear is not just for looks. When worn properly, protective gear can provide a valuable layer of protection between the rider and elements. Before you head out on your next ride, make sure that you have invested in quality motorcycle safety gear, including:

  • Protective Clothing: Long pants and a long-sleeve jacket are needed to protect a rider from the elements. In case of an accident, these will be the only materials between your skin and the pavement.
  • Gloves: Gloves will not only help a rider with his or her grip, but also serve to protect the rider’s hands in the event the rider is thrown from his or her bike. The hands are important as it is a natural reflex for a person to brace a fall by using his or her hands.
  • Boots: A quality pair of boots is a must for any rider. Not only will a pair of boots protect your feet, unlike a pair of sneaks, boots will also protect and give additional support to your ankles as well. Select a pair that are made of sturdy materials that have a good slip-resistant sole.
  • Helmet: There are five general types of helmets on the market that riders can choose from, which include full, modular, off-road, three quarters (or open face) and half. Although you may see all five types of helmets for sale online and in stores, it does not mean all helmet types provide the same amount of protection. The full face helmet is designed to give the rider the most protection, as it covers the entire head including the base of the skull and the chin area. Unlike the half helmet, which leaves these two areas exposed. The more areas of the face and head that are left uncovered by the helmet, the less protection the helmet provides in the event of a crash. Select a helmet that meets the following criteria:
    • Seals of Approval: Narrow down your helmet search to only those helmets that have received the approval of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Snell Memorial Foundation. A helmet that has received approval from will assure a rider a safe and quality made helmet.
    • New: There are certain things you should never buy used and a helmet should be one of those items.
    • Fits Snugly: You wear a helmet to protect you in event of an accident. The helmet will not provide much protection if it does not fit the rider snugly. Another reason not to purchase a used helmet is because with time a helmet will mold to the rider’s head.
  • Face and/or eye protection: Not only will quality face and eye protection keep flying debris including rocks and bugs out of the rider’s eyes, it will also protect the rider’s face in the event of a crash.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident you need the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. The Oklahoma accident attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have represented numerous motorcycle injury victims. Contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924 to schedule your free and confidential consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys. At the Handley Law Center we know all too well the devastating personal and financial effects that a motorcycle injury can have on a person. No one fights harder for motorcycle injury victims than us!

Why You Should Consider Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet

In 2012, close to 5,000 motorcyclists and their passengers were killed and approximately 93,000 sustained injuries as the result of a crash.  It is estimated that 1 in 5 motorcycle crashes result in head and/or neck injuries. While, neck injuries can lead to partial or full paralysis, head injuries can be just as serious, if not fatal. The good news is that head and neck injuries can be greatly reduced when a motorcyclist is properly wearing a quality helmet.

In Oklahoma, state law requires only motorcyclists under the age of 18 to wear a protective helmet at all times. However, this was not always the law of the land. Back in the late 1960s, Oklahoma along with most other states, had universal motorcycle helmet laws in response to a federal mandate that required states to pass such legislation in order to receive highway safety funding. In 1976, the Oklahoma law was deemed unconstitutional and the law repealed.

However, despite the lack of helmet laws in Oklahoma and across the United States, a large percentage of motorcyclists do opt to wear helmets. There are also riders who will wear a helmet on certain occasions, but not on other occasions. For example, some riders will select to wear a helmet while traveling on a long trip or while riding on major highways, but will not wear a helmet if they are on a short trip. And of course, there are those riders who never wear a helmet. One reason riders give for not wearing helmets is that they complain that a helmet interferes with their peripheral vision and ability to see potential roadway dangers. However, a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation will allow a rider to see the road as is necessary to safely operate a cycle.

Other motorcyclists opt not to wear a helmet because they are not aware of the dangers that riding without a helmet can pose. If you are a motorcyclist who rides from time to time or all the time without a helmet, here are some facts you should take into consideration before you head out on you next ride:

  • The majority of motorcycle crashes occur when the rider is traveling at less than 30 mph.
  • Much like car accidents, motorcycle crashes are most likely to occur on short trips (5 miles or less) and tend to occur within the first few minutes of the trip.
  • A properly worn helmet can greatly reduce the likelihood and severity of head and neck injuries.
  • A motorcyclist who is wearing a quality helmet that is properly secured, is 3 times more likely to survive head injuries, when compared to those cyclists who were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
  • The number one thing a motorcyclist can do to increase his or her likelihood of living to tell about a crash is to wear a quality helmet that is properly secured.
  • In 2012, states without universal helmet laws had 10 times the number of unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities as compared to those states that had universal helmet laws.

Since one of the largest causes of motorcycle crashes is the negligence of other drivers, be safe and always wear a helmet, regardless of whether the state law requires you to do so.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, please contact The Handley Law Center at (405) 295-1924. At the Handley Law Center, we understand how serious and life altering a motorcycle accident can be. Our experienced Oklahoma motorcycle injury attorneys will carefully review the facts of your case and explain all of your legal options. No one fights harder for motorcycle injury victims than The Handley Law Center. Call today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics and Ways of Keeping Yourself Safe in Oklahoma

Motorcycles can be loads of fun, especially on warm, sunny days.  However, they can also be extremely dangerous, causing severe and sometimes fatal injuries to bikers.  Specifically, motorcyclists are much more likely than other drivers to be involved in a crash, and are also at a higher risk of getting severely hurt or even killed. In addition to the inability for drivers to always notice motorcycles on the road and also because motorcycles are not as naturally protective as cars and trucks, accidents are bound to happen.  Overall, the following are some important statistics associated with motorcycling:

  1. Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, especially ones that are busy and have multiple lanes.
  2. Wearing a helmet is more than 35% effective at preventing life threatening head and brain injuries to motorcyclists and over 40% effective for motorcycle passengers.
  3. Approximately 30% of motorcyclists who are involved in fatal accidents were intoxicated with a BAL of 0.08% or more.
  4. Most motorcycle accidents happen due to the inability of other drivers to see motorcyclists in their vicinity.
  5. Motorcyclists are much more likely to be ejected from their bike given that unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles do not have safety features such as seatbelts and airbags.

So how then can you increase your chances of having a safe and enjoyable motorcycling experience?  Consider the following safety tips:

  1. Always wear a helmet and protective gear to minimize injury in the event that you fall off your bike.
  2. Wear reflective gear so that you are always visible to other drivers.
  3. Follow the rules of the road at all times and avoid weaving in and out of lanes to get ahead of other drivers and heavy traffic.
  4. If you are a novice biker, be sure to take a motorcycle training course so that you become familiar with your bike and also, how to maneuver in different driving conditions.

For more information, or if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation.  You can also contact us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment.  We are highly skilled motorcycle accident attorneys who know the ins and outs of handling the various complexities and nuances associated with these types of cases.  We will work with you, every step of the way, to ensure that you have the tools necessary to make informed decisions about your case and also, to help you get your life back on track.

Motorcycle Accidents in Oklahoma Can Result in Traumatic Brain Injuries

Motorcycle accidents and the damages they cause can often be more costly and life threatening than types of vehicular accidents.   In fact, each year over 3,000 people in the United States are killed in motorcycle crashes and more than 50,000 become seriously injured.  Not surprisingly, most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, as it is extremely difficult for them to spot motorcyclists in their vicinity.  The majority of these types of accidents often occur due to cars turning into other lanes and cutting off motorcyclists, vehicles that side swipe motorcycles without noticing them when changing lanes, failing to yield to the right of way of motorcyclists, and also, striking motorcycles while entering or exiting lanes on busy highways and other heavily trafficked roads.

Unfortunately, these accidents often have severe and sometimes fatal consequences. Specifically, motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries, such as bone fractures, painful and extensive cases of road rash, head injuries, back and neck injuries, spinal cord and brain damage, traumatic amputations, and disfigurement.

One of the most common types of injuries that motorcyclists sustain during an accident is called a TBI, or traumatic brain injury.  Injuries to the brain, often caused by the failure of a motorcyclist to wear a helmet, occurs when a rider’s head comes in contact with the ground or some other object.  Traumatic brain injuries often lead to long term and sometimes permanent disabilities, such as memory loss, loss of speech, loss of cognitive ability, loss of thinking, loss of emotional ability, coma, and sometimes death.

Suffering a TBI can significantly alter the quality of someone’s life, as well as dramatically affect the lives of family members and loved ones.  Specifically, it can alter relationships that the injured person had with people in his or her life, require the injured person to undergo continuous medical intervention and painful rehabilitation, prevent the person from working or performing daily activities, and lead to severe physical and emotional trauma for all parties involved.

In light of the above, it is crucial that you consider your legal options.  With this in mind, do not work with an attorney that promises the world but doesn’t have the skills and experience necessary to successfully represent you.  Since motorcycle accidents involve very specific facts, and also, given the nature and severity of the injuries sustained in these types of crashes, you need to hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of proving these types of cases in court.

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI as a result of being in an accident in Oklahoma, it is important to learn more about your legal options. For more information about our comprehensive personal injury services, contact The Handley Law Center for a free confidential consultation.  You can also contact us during normal business hours at 405-295-1924 to schedule an appointment.

How to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents in Oklahoma

Given the combination of beautiful landscapes and warm summer weather, it is not surprising that people in Oklahoma love to take their motorcycles out on the open road.  However, the statistics regarding motorcycle accidents is alarming, and not surprisingly, increasingly on the rise across the United States.  According to national highway statistics, over forty percent of two vehicle motorcycle collisions involving death are caused by the failure of the other driver to see the motorcyclist.  Given the combination of high speeds and the difficulty that drivers often face in spotting motorcyclists – especially on Oklahoma highways – it is clear that accidents are highly likely.  What then can you do to prevent a collision while still enjoying the benefits of motorcycling?

  1. Wear a helmet and protective gear.  No matter what, wearing a helmet is truly a no brainer, as helmets often mean the difference between life and death.  Otherwise stated, wearing a helmet is the most important step you should take before getting on your bike.  In addition to wearing a helmet, protective gear such as leather clothing is also helpful to not only protect you from the elements such as wind and sun exposure, but it can also prevent road rash and other serious conditions should you fall off your motorcycle.  Taking these precautions will certainly make for a more enjoyable and much safer ride.
  2. Be patient and follow the rules of the road.  While it is a lot easier for a motorcyclist to get away with weaving in and out of slow moving traffic and also, driving between vehicle lanes, you must follow the regular rules of the road.  If you fail to adhere to the road rules, you may be putting yourself at great risk of injury or death, especially since other drivers may not see you.  Overall, be patient and wait the traffic out like everyone else.  Be sure to exercise extreme caution when changing lanes and again, don’t drive between vehicle lanes to get ahead.  It is not worth it to jeopardize your safety and well-being.
  3. Get yourself noticed.  It cannot be underscored enough that other drivers are less likely to see motorcyclists, so take whatever measures are necessary to become noticed. This includes using hand signals, wearing reflective gear, and also, following the rules of the road that make it more likely to be visible to other drivers.
  4. Keep your motorcycle in good repair.  No one wants to even think about dealing with a tire blow out or some other mechanical issue while driving a motorcycle in the middle of a busy highway.  As such, it is crucial to inspect your bike regularly to make sure that it is well maintained and free to potential hazards.

While taking the above precautions is extremely important, it is essential to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can properly advise you of the legal aspects in bringing forth a motorcycle accident claim.  Despite how much you do to prevent a collision, you cannot guarantee that others will be as careful, making accidents highly likely under certain circumstances.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Oklahoma motorcycle accident, call our Oklahoma motorcycle accident attorneys now to find out more what your rights and obligations are as well as the ways in which you can optimize your chances of recovery.

Safety Tips for Beginner Bikers in Oklahoma From Experienced Oklahoma Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Almost everyone would agree that riding a motorcycle is a fun, adventurous and freeing experience.   However, it can also be very dangerous, especially for those who lack training and experience.  According to a national study, many accidents involving motorcycles occur due to beginner motorcyclists who have not the experience necessary to safely maneuver, especially on high speed and unfamiliar roadways.  Additionally, crashes involving motorcycles in Oklahoma tend to occur mostly in higher density areas of the State, such as Oklahoma City.

Notwithstanding, there are numerous steps you can take to enjoy your motorcycle riding experience and avoid injury.  These are as follows:

  1. Perfect practice makes perfect!  We always recommend that bikers practice in parking lots or other areas where they can gain more confidence in turning, braking and negotiating other difficult maneuvers.
  2. Get some training.  In Oklahoma, there are courses that novice motorcyclists located throughout the State can take through the Oklahoma Motorcycle Safety Training Program.  These programs can even benefit more experienced riders who wish to brush up on certain skills.  You can also go online and search for a course near you.
  3. Know your course before you take it.  For novice bikers, it is essential that you know exactly where you are going at all times.  For instance, construction detours and other unknown hazards can cause novice bikers to lose control and become seriously hurt.
  4. Don’t take your bike into unfamiliar areas.  For people who are not experienced bikers, going into areas of which you are not familiar can be highly dangerous.  Specifically, unfamiliar areas can leave you uncertain as to the nature of road conditions, potentially leading to serious accidents.
  5. Keep yourself protected.  Wearing bike helmets, eye goggles and thick clothing (i.e. leather jackets) is highly recommended for several reasons.  Not only do these types of protective clothing and gear shield you from the elements, it can also help prevent certain types of serious injuries should you sustain a fall.
  6. Always keep your motorcycle in good shape.   Not surprisingly, many motorcycle accidents occur due to tire blowouts or other types of malfunctions.  Be sure to inspect your motorcycle and address repairs as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call our Oklahoma motorcycle accident lawyers to find out more about your legal options.  Waiting to get seasoned representation can greatly affect your chances of being justly compensated for your injuries.  We will take the time to evaluate the facts of your case, advise you of your rights and help you make informed decisions about your case.