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Planning can help group riders avoid motorcycle accidents

It is likely that many Rhode Island riders are planning to take advantage of the spring and summer months by hopping on their motorcycles and going on extended trips. And while riding by oneself has its joys, so too does gathering with fellow enthusiasts and going on a group excursion.

Going on a group ride is a great way to share the experience of a fun journey, but riding in a group also requires planning and coordination. Riders can lessen the likelihood of being involved in accidents if they take the proper precautions. What follows are some guidelines for those who are planning to take a group ride:

  • Plan your breaks. Take into account the experience and stamina of your fellow group members.
  • If you want everyone to stay together during the ride, the leader should ride at a pace that the least-experienced rider can handle.
  • All riders should have a minimum two-second lead time and following distance from the next motorcycle.
  • There are times when the group should in ride single file. These times include when visibility decreases, when going through sharp turns and when the road's surface may be questionable or rough.

As this article on group riding outlines, there are many steps riders can take to stay safe and have fun while traveling together. Yet, riders may still be unable to avoid the dangers caused by negligent drivers. When a motorcycle rider is struck or forced off the road by a car or truck, he or she could suffer serious injuries.

If you or a loved one are ever hurt in a motorcycle accident, a Rhode Island personal injury attorney may be able to represent your interests as you attempt to gain compensation.

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