Local authorities in Virginia Beach, a vibrant coastal city in southeastern Virginia, take road safety seriously.
The Virginia Beach Motorcycle Police Unit is part of the city’s efforts to improve traffic conditions and prevent accidents and injuries. Bike-mounted officers provide a rapid and agile response to collisions, traffic-related calls for service, speed enforcement complaints, and other problems on the road.
Recently, the Virginia Beach police issued a warning to drivers to keep an eye out for bikes after a Motorcycle Unit officer was injured on duty. An SUV struck the officer even though he had turned on his siren and emergency lights.
The officer suffered injuries but recovered in the hospital and has already returned to work.
Motorcyclist Safety Tips
Motorcyclists are significantly more vulnerable than motorists on the road. Bikes don’t have external protection or many safety features, like airbags, available in cars and trucks.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive and take steps to improve your safety on the road. Check out these safety tips the Virginia Beach Motorcycle Police Unit shared.
Take a Motorcycle Safety Course
The Virginia State Police offers free training for Virginia motorcyclists at a beginner skill level and above through its Ride 2 Save Lives (R2SL) program. The curriculum draws on Virginia State Police motor trooper training and teaches you how to handle hazards, curve negotiation, interstate highways, and more in a safe environment.
Always Wear Protective Gear
Virginia law requires all motorcyclists and their passengers to wear approved helmets per Snell Memorial Foundation specifications. You must also have safety goggles, a face shield, or a safety shield on your bike.
As a general rule, you should always have gloves on to protect your hands, as well as a long-sleeved jacket and riding pants made of leather or abrasive-resistant material. A pair of sturdy boots with a rubber-based composite and high-visibility reflective clothing are also highly recommended.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
Always keep in mind that it’s easier for you to find yourself in a motorist’s blind spot on your bike than if you were in a car or truck. Stay alert at all times, and watch for cues that other vehicles are about to turn or change lanes. If possible, don’t ride directly behind the shoulder of another driver. If you can’t avoid it, consider giving your horn a short honk to alert the driver you are there.
Keep Your Bike in Top Shape
Your bike shouldn’t be on the road unless it’s in good working condition. Don’t skip regular maintenance and annual service inspections, and be sure to address any issues promptly.
Obey Traffic Laws
This should go without saying. Don’t speed, perform stunts, weave in and out of lanes, or ride down the middle of the lane. While Virginia law doesn’t require you to ride with headlights on in the daytime if you can see past 500 feet clearly, consider doing so to make yourself more visible.
Had a Motorcycle Accident? Call Law Tigers
No matter how careful or experienced you are, accidents can happen. If you have an accident, the team at Law Tigers has your back. Law Tigers is a nationwide network of lawyers who love motorcycles. Just give Law Tigers a call, and you will be connected to an experienced motorcycle attorney who can review your case and advise on next steps.
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