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Safety concerns for motorcycle passengers

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2018 | Motorcycle Accidents |

North Carolina fans of motorcycles know that safety is among the most important factors when it comes to motorcycle ownership. For passengers too, safety is the most important thing. If riders want to carry passengers, it’s a good idea to complete a motorcycle safety course first. Having a second rider on the vehicle can change the weight and balance significantly.

Most states have regulations that must be obeyed when carrying a passenger on a motorcycle. The bike might also need specific preparation before it’s ready. It needs to a seat large enough for two and it must have an extra set of foot pegs. Everybody should have helmets and protective gear as well. The motorcycle’s owner’s manual might provide information about the vehicle’s weight limits and equipment requirements.

When riding a motorcycle with a passenger, the driver might need to allow extra time for turning, passing and braking and should generally avoid extreme speeds. The vehicle handles differently with a passenger on board. The extra weight of a passenger increases stopping distance and acceleration time. The passenger should join the driver on the motorcycle only after it is running and the kickstand is raised. Passengers should be careful to keep their feet and legs away from the muffler, which can cause burns, and avoid sudden movements that could distract the driver or throw the vehicle off-balance.

In cases where people are injured in motorcycle crashes, they may be entitled to recover for damages like pain and suffering, lost wages or medical expenses. An attorney with experience in personal injury law might be able to help by gathering medical records or other evidence in support of the client’s claim. An attorney might be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the at-fault parties or their insurers.