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What Motorcyclists Can Do to Increase Their Safety

There are many motorcycle accidents and deaths in Ontario each year. A nine-year highof motorcycle fatalities was reached in 2014, when 32 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes on OPP-patrolled roads. Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable motorists on the road. If you go out on a motorcycle, there are a number of ways that you can help to protect yourself on the road. These measures include but are not limited to wearing protective gear, getting appropriate training and review, following the rules of the road, conducting regular maintenance and becoming active in the motorcycle community, all of which are outlined here below.

Protective Gear

Wearing mandatory protective gear for motorcyclists is the law in Ontario. Specifically, it is required that you protect the most important part of your body – your head – with an approved safety helmet. Many motorcyclists have survived collisions because of wearing a helmet, even for short rides. No exceptions are made in Ontario on religious grounds despite challenges in both 2008 and 2014.

The best helmet protection available is provided by a full-face helmet, which also gives the most comfort, reduces noise and shields your face from wind, bugs and other debris. The helmet should fit snugly and not slide around on your head as studies of motorcycle accidents show that a loose helmet will come off in a collision. If you do not select a full face helmet, wraparound sunglasses will provide some protection against wind and bugs. Your helmet should be replaced if you’ve been in a crash, dropped it, or if it is showing signs of wear or the helmet has reached its expiry date. Selecting a bright helmet and adding reflective tape will improve your visibility to other road users.

To protect your body, a well-constructed bright motorcycle jacket made of leather, nylon or Kevlar is recommended, with reflective strips, heavy padding on the elbows, shoulders and spine or a one- or two-piece riding suit. Long pants are essential, even in warm weather, to protect you from the potential for road rash if you fall. Layered clothing and rain suits are recommended for long drives. Protective clothing can prevent or lessen an injury if you fall or have a collision, and it can protect you from the wind, rain, stones, debris, insects and the cold.
Your hands should always be protected with leather gloves, preferably with carbon fibre protection, even in the summer. Gloves will give you a better hold on the hand-grips and controls, and, if you fall, the gloves can protect your hands, which you naturally put out to protect yourself. Your feet and ankles should also be protected with sturdy, flat boots that have a short heel and a durable rubber sole. Shoes or boots with rings, laces or heels could catch on the motorcycle’s controls.

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Training and Review

While training is required in order to get your motorcycle licence in the beginning, a refresher course can increase your confidence and safety on the road. The Canada Safety Council’s Refresher Program is an eight hour course (6 on the bike and 2 in the classroom) designed to give experienced motorcyclists the opportunity to brush up on their driving and defensive driving skills. You can also stay connected with the safety rules by becoming a motorcycle safety course instructor yourself.

You can go out on your bike with a private instructor or a friend who can help you review your driving. Travelling with another motorcyclist or a group of motorcyclists will make you safer and more visible than riding alone.

You have the option of watching instructional videos or reviewing basic rules from the official motorcycle handbook at any time. It never hurts to go over the traffic rules and defensive driving techniques. If you don’t have a copy of the motorcycle’s handbook, it can be found where maps are available for sale, including in your local pharmacy and grocery store.

In addition to honing your own motorcycle driving skills, be sure to make eye contact and read other driver’s communication or lack of it. Never assume that they have seen you or will respect your right of way. They may not see you or accurately judge your distance or speed of approach.

Follow the Rules of the Road

It is imperative that you follow the rules of the road at all times and use common sense every time you get on a motorcycle. It is particularly important to watch for the weather and road conditions, monitor your speed and be aware of your fatigue level. It is recommended that you find another mode of transportation than your motorbike if you are sleepy, fatigued, feeling sick, upset or angry or you have taken prescription medication or consumed any alcohol. These factors can impair your judgment and significantly reduce your ability to think and react quickly. Driving a motorbike is a serious responsibility that requires you to drive unimpaired with undivided attention.

Regular Maintenance

In addition to regular vehicle servicing recommended in your owner’s manual, your tires need to be properly maintained and inflated with the appropriate tire pressure. You should also go around the vehicle and visually inspect it each time before use. A breakdown in your vehicle while driving can be not only inconvenient but also highly dangerous for you and for others on the road.

Become Active about Motorcycling In Your Community

You can give back to the motorcycling community by volunteering for organizations such as the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC). The MCC advocates for the motorcycling community on public policy and rider safety issues.

Contact Howard Yegendorf & Associates

At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, we have seen the aftermath of many serious motor vehicle accidents, including fatal accidents. Our personal injury lawyers in Ottawa are compassionate in helping motorcycle accident victims and their families. We have motorcycle accident and wrongful death lawyers available in Ottawa and Toronto. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, call our Ottawa and Toronto motorcycle accident lawyers today at 1-866-303-5118.

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Rony Podolsky
Rony Podolsky
13:34 19 Jan 18
Mr. Yegendorf is very different than the stereotypical lawyer. He is sympathetic to his clients and eager to help.Probably one of the most ethical, professional and experienced lawyers out there.Highly recommended!
Natalia Bradu
Natalia Bradu
15:46 17 May 17
I can not express my warmest wishes to Howard Yagendorf and his amazing team. I had a great experience working with them and I'm so thankful to his expertise and help in my difficult situation. He guided me and my family through the process and helped us to get the outcome we've never hope about. Great people, great team and overall experience was easy and worry free. Thank you so much.
Michael Dagenais
Michael Dagenais
16:42 14 Mar 17
I have known Howard for nearly 20 years. During that time he not only helped me with sound, expert advice pertaining to a "Ponzi scheme" that devastated my family, he has helped countless others. He is dedicated to the law and a true expert in his field. I know first hand that he has changed the destiny of many of his clients , allowing them to move forward with dignity after suffering catastrophic events. He cares deeply , has dogged determination, vast experience and his team of lawyers and support staff are second to none. I would highly recommend Howard and his team.
Brian Mandelker
Brian Mandelker
15:41 21 Apr 17
Howard is an excellent, meticulous lawyer. Perhaps even more important though, is that he is a compassionate human being. A very good listener and an even better questioner!
Stephen McGill
Stephen McGill
14:22 16 Feb 17
I've known Howard Yegendorf for well over a decade and consider him to be one of the most capable, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy people I've met in my business career. His attention, compassion and skills were reinforced to me when he helped a very close family member with a potentially serious legal situation. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Howard and his firm to anyone who wants exceptional legal representation.
Carol Dunlop
Carol Dunlop
02:09 04 Mar 19
2 years ago I was hit by a car on Hunt Club and Riverside intersection in Ottawa, the lady behind the wheel was not looking at me at all even though I had white sign for crossing. She stopped before the traffic light, I stepped on the crosswalk and she just turned right while looking to the left. She bumped me with her car and my foot got stuck under rear passenger wheel. Then she apparently panicked and went backwards rolling over my foot one more time. Later at emergency they diagnosed me with multiple bone fractures, I had to go through 2 complicated surgeries and over a year of rehab before I could use my foot again. And it still hurts when I run, jump, stand for too long or stress it somehow else.Engaging Howard Yegendorf and his team shortly thereafter was one of my best decisions ever. His knowledge, and confidence told me I was working with the best professionals I could have found. Howard guidance was invaluable. He listened and helped me throughout the case. We were both patient and that patience produced positive results.He helped me to deal with insurance company, guided me through LTD insurance and closed my case for really good amount of compensation.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
Julie
Julie
13:50 23 Nov 19
Najma from Howard Yegendorf's office represented me and she is the lawyer you want on your team. Najma has incredible skills at negotiating and getting the results that you deserve.Najma helped me through the worst nightmare of my life and I will always appreciate the compassion she showed me. From the moment I handed my case to Howard Yegendorf and Associates it was like a weight was lifted off of me and I knew everything was going to be just fine.
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