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The weather is finally starting to get to something seasonably comfortable, and with warmer temperatures and ice-free roads, motorcyclists are excitedly pulling their bikes out of the garage and anxiously awaiting the season’s first ride. Unfortunately, after a season off the streets as well as increased traffic all-around, it can add up to a higher likelihood of getting into an accident. Any Chicago personal injury attorney knows to expect more calls when its nicer out thanks to accidents, but here’s a few ways you can protect yourself as a motorcyclist.  

Wear Protective Gear

Wearing protective clothing and a helmet when you ride a motorcycle seems like common sense, but plenty of people opt not to. Wearing long pants and long sleeves can protect your skin, at least slightly, against road rash. Wearing leather or reinforced, specially-made sport clothing will protect your body even better against falling. Should you get involved in an accident, however, you can always talk to a Chicago personal injury attorney for advice on what to do next.

Don’t Split Lanes

Lane splitting isn’t illegal in all states, but it is highly dangerous, especially given that many drivers are distracted by things like their cell phones and the radio. Splitting lanes makes you less visible to other drivers, especially when they are changing lanes, and avoiding doing so can possibly prevent an accident. If you get hit while driving your motorcycle and don’t know where to turn for help, a motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to provide you with the information you need to get the compensation you may be entitled to.

Be On High Alert

Driving defensively is, of course, the safest way to drive a motorcycle. Drive as though other cars can’t see you (as many simply fail to look, anyway) and learn to anticipate where other cars and bikers are going. Driving on high alert can help you notice potential dangers before it’s too late so that you can avoid them. If, however, you do get into an accident, you can talk with a motorcycle accident lawyer to help gather and build a case.

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  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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