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Guy DiMartino Oct. 31, 2014

Michigan City motorcycle accident lawyer discusses the 5 mistakes that new motorcyclists make that cause accidents.

Indiana saw over 3400 motorcycle crashes in 2010 . Many new riders think that riding a motorcycle is going to be easy. They become overconfident in their riding skills before they're even put to the test. But just like driving a car or riding a bike, proper motorcycle riding techniques must be learned. By smart riding and cutting out the following new rider mistakes, a lot of Northwest Indiana motorcycle accidents can be prevented.

  • Failing to take a motorcycle safety course: In Indiana, a person can get your motorcycle license by either taking a road test or passing a motorcycle safety course. Taking a motorcycle safety course is one of the most important things a new biker can do. New riders could save themselves a lifetime of misery by taking a few hours to learn the information that is provided in a safety course.

  • Misjudging corners: Motorcycle accidents frequently happen when a rider misjudges a corner. Motorcycles are heavy and have a lot of power. New riders often take corners too quickly, too wide, or at too high of a gear, leading to bad Northwest Indiana bike crashes. By understanding the bikes center of gravity and characteristics, the chances of spilling your motorcycle by cutting a corner too short of laying your bike down is greatly reduced.

  • Giving in to peer pressure: Friends have a lot of influence over one another, especially when one is more experienced at something than another. Not all peer pressure is bad, but if your friends are pressuring you to do something that threatens your safety just let it pass by. You see, there is no substitute for experience on a motorcycle, and if your friends have spent a lot of time on their bikes, they just have a much better feel for the road and know how to handle the bike better.

  • Failing to see hazards on the road: As a new motorcycle rider, it is important to watch for pot holes, slippery metal plates, gravel, debris and freshly oiled roadways. If you can't safely navigate around hazards, remember to maintain a controlled throttle and a firm but relaxed grip on your handlebars.

  • Pushing their riding abilities: There is nothing better than being on your bike, feeling the power between your legs, and cruising down a country road with the wind rushing through your hair. Whether you are riding alone or with friends, there will come a point when you may be tempted to ride too fast to safely control your motorcycle. You should think twice before you start speeding down one of our country roads. Remember, many times motorists just look right past and through motorcycles coming down the road, and if you are speeding, your reaction perception time is reduced giving you less time to avoid a potential accident.

Motorcycles are great fun but they can be very dangerous when crashes occur because riders are just not protected. If you have any questions about a Northwest Indiana motorcycle crash, call a Michigan City motorcycle lawyer at our office at (219) 874-4878.