This event was originally created to encourage motorcycle and scooter riders to use their two-wheeled vehicles for commuting to work. It focused on how using these vehicles helped reduce traffic congestion, gas consumption, commuting time, and solve the lack of parking spaces.
Ride to Work Day now works to bring awareness of the need to share the road with motorcyclists and promote the joys of riding for both recreation and transportation. Whether you ride a motorcycle or scooter to work or for recreation, Las Vegas motorcycle lawyers want you to be safe out on the roads.
Sharing the Road with Motorcycles and Scooters
As a motorcyclist, you do need to take precautions to protect your safety. You need to wear a helmet and other protective gear, maintain motorcycle insurance, and ride responsibly on the road. However, you also need to be constantly aware of the other vehicles around you.
Still, the responsibility for road safety is not just on motorcycle riders. Here’s what other drivers on the road can do to help keep motorcyclists safe:
- Because motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks, make sure to carefully check your blind spots before changing lanes or merging onto highways.
- Allow for extra following distances (three to four seconds versus the standard two seconds) because motorcyclists may suddenly slow down by downshifting or rolling off the throttle instead of breaking.
- Do not intentionally cut-off or pull in front of a motorcyclist because it can cause them to slide and fall while over-braking.
- Give motorcycles an entire lane and do not attempt to pass in the same lane as the motorcyclist.
- Do not assume that a motorcyclist is turning if their turn signal is on because most turn signals need to be turned off manually on motorcycles.
Health Benefits of Riding Your Motorcycle to Work
Riding a motorcycle or scooter can be exhilarating. But did you know it also benefits your physical, emotional, and mental health? Riding a motorcycle or scooter helps:
- Boost endorphins that improve your mood and energy levels.
- Build core strength and stability. This helps maintain muscle tone and keep you in shape because riding acts as low-impact exercise.
- Improve back, neck, knee, and thigh strength.
- Burn calories and fat while increasing insulin sensitivity to improve your metabolism.
Las Vegas Motorcycle Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights
Unfortunately, not all drivers are attentive or take sharing the road with motorcyclists seriously. According to the NHTSA, almost 5,000 motorcyclists died on the road during 2015. With rising gas costs, the number of motorcycles and scooters on the road have increased during the past several years.
If you or a loved one suffers injury in a motorcycle accident, you do have rights. The Las Vegas motorcycle lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys are on your side and will fight for your rights. We bring experience, skill, and passion to your case. While we do operate under normal 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. office hours, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call at (702) 877-1500. Or you can reach us through our convenient LiveChat on our website. There is no reason for waiting to schedule your free consultation because there is no fee unless we win your case.