Light up your bike. You need to be seen. You want to be as visible as possible when you ride your motorcycle, so that you’ll be seen by other vehicles on the road. Motorcycle lights help serve that purpose and are among the most important safety features you have on your bike.
Visibility is important
I’m personal injury attorney Mike Lombardi. Too many motorcyclists are in accidents because passenger cars and trucks just don’t see the motorcyclists on the road. This may be because they are distracted or because the motorcycle is in their blind spot. Or perhaps, they really just don’t see the motorcycle. Either way, it means that bikers have to do everything they can to be seen.
How to be seen
You want to be sure all of your lights are aimed properly and in good working order. That includes your headlights, your rear lights, your arrow blinker system on both the front and the rear of your bike, as well as your emergency flashes. You might even want to add lighting on your running boards to make you even brighter.
Rhode Island laws
Different states have different laws as to when you need to turn your lights on. In Rhode Island, headlights must be used from sunset to sunrise, in conditions of insufficient light, and in adverse weather, when wipers are in use and when visibility is less than 500 feet ahead of you.
In Massachusetts, headlights are required to be on from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise and during any other period when visibility is reduced to 500 feet or less. This could be because of the weather, when wipers are in use, and when you’re riding through a tunnel.
Visibility keeps you safer
Good visibility on your motorcycle can keep you and others safer on the road. So be sure to use and maintain your lights properly and follow the laws of the state you’re riding in.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen even if you do everything right. 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 in any way we can.
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