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Top Virginia Biking Safety Tips

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Top Virginia Biking Safety Tips

As the weather cools down, we may see more and more motorcycles on the road enjoying the crisp fall air. October and November are great months for riders before the chill sets in. It’s also a time when you should be extra careful to look out for riders. Motorcyclists should also take care. Here are six Virginia biking safety tips.

Virginia Biking Safety Tips

A motorcycle crash

  1. Make it easy for car, SUV and truck drivers to see you. Wear bright colored clothes. During the day, you should wear bright colors like orange and yellow to make visibility better. At night, you should always wear reflective material on your clothes and helmet.
  2. Always use your turn signal. Just like operating a car or truck, using your turn signals warns other drivers what you are intending to do.
  3. Avoid riding in blind spots. Motorcyclists are more at risk in the blind spot of a vehicle than other motorists because their machines are small compared to cars or trucks. The less time you spend in another driver’s blind spot, the safer you are.
  4. Don’t speed. This gives other drivers less time to react and bikers can lose control on a curve.
  5. Keep a safe distance when traveling behind other vehicles. Just like operating a car or truck, keeping a safe distance behind other vehicles allows enough time to stop or react to the other vehicles on the road.
  6. Don’t ride in an impaired condition. Never ride while intoxicated, for your safety and others on the road.

Of course, safety on the roadways is a two-way street. These Virginia biking safety tips may not safeguard you from reckless or careless drivers. However, motorcyclists should be extra diligent because of their particular vulnerabilities. These six tips are a good starting point for motorcycle safety.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often involve some of the most catastrophic injuries we see on the highways of Virginia. Unlike the driver of a car or truck, a motorcyclist is not protected by a metal and plastic shell – a crash generally results in an impact between vehicle and flesh, leading to horrific injuries.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced team of personal injury attorneys fighting for you. See our motorcycling wreck FAQs or give Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers a call today at 757-455-0077 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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