Is riding a motorcycle in groups safer, and is there a protocol for doing it? Some say riding your motorcycle in groups is safer, but only if you do it safely. Groups of motorcyclists on the road give rise to visions of Hell’s Angels. But 9.9 times out of 10, these groups are social get-togethers, and the group members are riding together for fun and for safety reasons.
I’m personal injury attorney Mike Lombardi. People who love to ride motorcycles often belong to a club or have a group of friends who love to ride, too. These people come from all walks of life. They plan picnics and other outings to get together and often end up riding together.
Riding in groups can be safer
It can also be a safer way to ride as poor motorcyclist visibility causes the majority of motorcycle accidents. A group of motorcyclists riding together is hard to ignore. However, riding in groups does have its own risks if certain protocols aren’t followed. If you ride in a motorcycle group, here are some tips to keep that ride a safe one.
Plan the ride
Before leaving for a group ride, everyone should meet and decide how to position themselves. One experienced rider should be in the lead, and one should be in the rear. Reviewing the route and discussing how to handle certain situations that could arise is also very important. Make sure someone packs an emergency kit.
No more than seven riders
Limit the number of riders to seven, which is the best number to control on the road. If there are more than seven, create subgroups, making sure no groups bunch up on the road. Stagger your positions on the road, as that allows for the most visibility to the oncoming traffic, and go single file in a curve.
Review and then use hand signals. When passing another vehicle, do so one motorcycle at a time. For longer rides, take regular breaks based on the level or experience of the group. Please follow these tips, so you can arrive safely at your destination.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you’re a victim of a motorcycle accident, please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys so we can discuss your case. We want to help you, and we would love to be your attorney.
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