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Motorcycle passenger safety considerations

The attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., understand that motorcycle riders are often excited to share the experience with their family and friends. We also know all too well, however, that motorcycle passengers can be subject to a number of dangerous conditions and motorcycle accident injuries. If you or a loved one is thinking about getting on the back of a motorcycle, it’s important to consider a number of practical safety concerns and precautions before you ever hit the road.

Esuranc.com explains that the dynamics of having another person on a motorcycle can have a profound impact on motorcycle maneuverability, and can result in a serious motorcycle accident if proper precautions are not taken. Therefore, it is recommended that you and your motorcycle partner work together to promote safety at all times. First off, it is recommended that you should never ride a motorcycle with another person unless or until the motorcycle driver has the appropriate license and insurance coverage. Beyond that, you are advised to practice basic motorcycle communication techniques before you begin traveling together.

Once you are confident that you have the necessary motorcycle safety equipment, such as your own seat and helmet, it can be helpful to consider what you can do on the back of the motorcycle to keep you and your companion safe. For instance, being aware of your movements and avoiding any unexpected or violent motions can help to keep the motorcycle stable. Similarly, you should try to anticipate and mimic the leaning motions of the motorcycle driver in order to maintain balance on the road. Another thing that you can do to promote safety and prevent avoidable injuries is to only ride under safe conditions. Ignoring obvious safety concerns and/or failing to speak out about potential hazards can put you and others in danger.

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