Brake Safety Concerns Trigger Recall of 250,000 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently gave a recall notice for a range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The NHTSA has expressed a concern that bike owners are not following the recommended maintenance schedule to change the brake fluid of their motorcycle every two years.Brake fluid that becomes too old tends to gather moisture from the air, which makes it less … [Read more...]

The Growing Trend of More Women Owning And Riding Motorcycles

Female motorcycle riders are changing the two-wheel riding culture in the US. While the traditional brands in motorcycles are going through a downturn, ridership continues to rise – thanks to American women who are now firmly in the driving seat.According to a 2015 motorcycle owner survey by the MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council), women now account for 14 percent of all motorcycle owners in the … [Read more...]

What Evidence to Collect after a Motorcycle Crash

When a motorcycle crash occurs, you should collect pertinent information in order to protect yourself from being blamed when it was not your fault and in order to have as much information as possible to hold the at-fault party accountable.Here are some of the things you may want to collect after a motorcycle crash:Your helmet—Photograph your helmet at the scene and have the police note … [Read more...]

Compensation for Injured Motorcyclists

When tragedy strikes, you deserve to understand your rights. After a motorcyclist suffers an injury--whether its due to negligence or recklessness of another person—he or she will likely want to know what damages can be recovered.While an injured person is entitled to recover damages caused by another’s wrongful actions, there is no magic formula or set amount for a particular type of injury … [Read more...]

Understanding Motorcycle Insurance

In Ohio, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle without insurance or other proof of financial responsibility. That includes motorcycles.  However, motorcycle owners sometimes make the common mistake of believing their standard auto insurance will suffice.  While standard auto insurance is necessary for cars, motorcyclists are required to carry specific motorcycle coverage.  Before you decide on … [Read more...]

Passengers, Cargo, and Darkness Are All Special Riding Situations for Motorcyclists

Riding with a passenger or cargo requires significant experience because the additional (and sometimes unexpected shifting of) weight affects the motorcycle’s handling, balance, acceleration, and braking. Night and group riding present certain hazards as well.Motorcyclists can stay safe by being aware of and taking steps to manage the special risks associated with these riding … [Read more...]

Special Hazardous Situations Demand Motorcyclists Attention

Motorcyclists - and everyone else on the road - should be thinking about safety above all else. An active mental strategy, as well as physical skills, is essential for staying safe when hazards present themselves.This blog discusses tactics for handling certain hazards presented by:• Rain • Wind • Animals • Roadway Conditions (Slippery and/or Dangerous Surfaces) Rain Almost every … [Read more...]

Defensive Riding Strategies for Motorcyclists

One of the tips that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers motorcyclists who get that feeling that car drivers are looking right past them is: “Pretend You Are Invisible.”If you assume others on the road can’t see you, and any car that can hit you will hit you, you will tend to ride in a hyperaware mindset and learn to notice every detail about your surroundings, the MSF … [Read more...]

Preventing Your Motorcycle from Being Stolen

In the past 10 years, there have been more than 236,000 motorcycles stolen in the United States. That’s five bikes stolen every hour, according to LoJack, a company which sells motorcycle recovery systems.The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports more than 42,000 motorcycles were stolen in the U.S. in 2014. The good news is that the numbers are slightly lower than thefts tallied for … [Read more...]

Motorcycle Helmet Types and Features

The most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist can wear is a good quality light or brightly-colored helmet that bears U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approval. Head injuries account for the majority of motorcycle fatalities.The DOT does not make helmets but sets standards with which manufacturers must comply. Other signs of a well-made helmet are a Snell Memorial … [Read more...]