“Aaahh”—a satisfied sigh of relaxation escapes as you settle back in the seat of your motorcycle, enjoying the fresh air and the cool breeze. There’s nothing quite like that first ride of the year to let you know that spring is truly here and summer is on its way.

Of course, if your first spring ride ends in serious injury, you won’t get to enjoy the rest of the riding season.

Motorcycle accidents are all too common, and while the eagerness to pull out your bike and get on the road right away can make you feel a bit stir-crazy, it might be prudent to take an hour or two to properly gear up for the season. 

Before you head out on the highway, make sure your skills are up to par, your motorcycle is in tip-top shape, and other drivers are aware of your presence.

Brush Up on Your Skills

Chances are, you haven’t completely forgotten how to drive a motorcycle over the last six months or so, but your skills might still be a little rusty. In particular, brush up on your defensive driving skills. Statistics show that other drivers cause most Maryland motorcycle accidents, so it pays to know how to drive in such a way that you can protect yourself from their inconsiderate actions.

Check Motorcycle Maintenance

One way to help prevent accidents is to make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. A winter in storage can occasionally damage a bike, so check that the key components, such as brakes, fluid lines, and steering, are all working properly before you hit the highway. No one wants to be seconds away from an accident only to discover that a part on the motorcycle is suddenly malfunctioning.

Be Aware of Other Drivers

Often, a Southern Maryland motorcycle accident occurs because the other driver failed to see the rider. This is particularly true in the spring, as most motorcyclists are just starting to venture on the streets again after a long winter. Keep in mind that other drivers are not in the habit of looking for motorcycles during this time of year. It wouldn’t hurt to do a little personal public relations, reminding those you know that motorcycles will soon be on the streets again.

If you or a family member has already been the victim of a serious motorcycle accident in Silver Spring this year, you should talk to an experienced lawyer who can help protect your rights. For a free consultation, call the Maryland motorcycle crash lawyers of Nickelsporn and Lundin at 800-875-9700 today.