Motorcycles – Deadlier Than Ever
Many motorcycle riders refer to their bike as their toy. It is a machine they have for fun, and to take long rides day or night. Some riders prefer to hit the open road alone, while others ride in large groups. What happens when this “toy” turns into a deadly machine?
In a recent article, motorcycle expert Roland Hoover spoke about the advancements of aftermarket parts, and the way motorcycles are changing. Companies are releasing new, advanced parts frequently, just so they can always keep up and beat out the other competition. Things like brakes, suspension, handle bars, longer exhausts and much more – all to draw attention to their specialized bike, and to make a profit. OEMs that participate in the Aftermarket Parts market are responsible for the design, function, testing and fitment of their products. These parts are not always reliable, and can have mechanical and technical failures at any time when installed on a bike.
There are thousands upon thousands of motorcycle riders every year in the state of Ohio, especially during the warmer months. With the new advancements and customers buying certain parts, this puts not only riders but also every driver on the road in danger of a crash. Over 80% of motorcycle crashes result in death. With little protection, we must warn everyone to be on the lookout for motorcycles as well as imply the safety rules for motorcycle drivers. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation created this pre- safety checklist for every rider to follow before getting on their motorcycle. It is known as “T-CLOCK” Each letter represents a category of the motorcycle, as follows:
- T – Tires and Wheels (tire pressure and wear, wheel spokes and bearings, brakes, etc.)
- C – Controls (brakes, shifters, hand levers, cables, hoses, throttle)
- L – Lights and Electrical (headlight, taillight, brake and turn signal operation, horn, wiring)
- O – Oil and other Fluids (levels, leaks, and condition)
- C – Chassis (check for cracks, breaks, bearings, suspension, belt or chain, loose fasteners and components)
- K – Kickstand (retracts firmly, no bending or damage, cut-out switch operates)
I ask that everyone please be safe on the road and be aware of other drivers and riders at all times. Don’t let someone else’s negligence cost you or a loved one a life! If you or a loved one were injured or killed in an accident call me! I’ll be there for you and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 877.944.4373.