A properly maintained motorcycle can make all the difference between suffering significant losses and injuries and surviving a wreck. By taking care of your bike, you substantially decrease your chances of being involved in an accident that was caused by vehicle malfunction or defect. The on-going, general maintenance of your motorcycle will keep it in good condition and limit the likelihood of unpleasant events happening while on the road.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a North Carolina motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your losses, including current and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
To begin exploring your legal options, we encourage you to contact our attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left of this page.
Tips for General Motorcycle Maintenance
Modern motorcycles require far more care and maintenance than the average passenger vehicle. It is crucial that bikers have, at minimum, the ability to perform routine maintenance on their motorcycles. This knowledge can prove advantageous in spotting problems before they become disastrous situations.
Motorcyclists should check the following things regularly on their bikes:
One of the leading causes of motorcycle breakdowns is a bad battery. Bike design makes it very difficult to access the battery, so oftentimes the battery is not checked as frequently as it should be. It is critical that the fluid levels on each battery are checked regularly. If any chamber is low, it is advised that you carefully top it off, using only distilled or deionized water. NEVER use tap water in a battery. The minerals in tap water are harmful to batteries. Additionally, be sure to keep the top of the battery free of grime and check cables and clamps for obvious damage or loose connections.
Before getting on the road, it is important to check your oil level. If the level is not high or to the maximum level, top it off. When changing oil, be sure to always use the recommended oil weight for your bike.
Fuel is often the most overlooked type of preventative maintenance on a motorcycle. It is recommended that you check your fuel filter regularly to make sure that it has not become clogged and replace it every two years. Check your fuel lines for weather damage and cracking. Replace lines immediately if either of these is found. Dispose of untreated gas that is older than six months. If the gas is treated, it can last up to two years.
Shaft Drives, Belts, Chains and Sprockets
Taking care of these three items regularly is essential to the well-being and longevity of the bike. It’s advised that you lubricate your chains after each ride when the chain is still warm. This ensures that the oil can soak in and reach all the spots of the chain. Shaft drives do not require too much maintenance; however, it is recommended that shaft drive oil is replaced every time the oil is changed on your bike. Belt drives, similar to shaft drives, do not require too much maintenance. Every time you change your oil, you should check the tension of the belt and make adjustments as necessary.
Brake fluid absorbs moisture and becomes less effective over time. By replacing your brake fluid entirely every one to two years, your brakes will perform to their optimum capability. Motorcycles can have up to two brake fluid reservoirs, so it is important that both are checked frequently. The thickness of brake pads can also have a substantial effect on how your brakes function. It is important to replace brake pads before they get worn down to the metal, otherwise your brake disc can become damaged and result in expensive replacement costs while putting you at risk of a brake failure accident.
Keep tires correctly inflated at all times. Have a low pressure tire gauge in your bike tool bag at all times. It’s good practice to check your tire pressure each time you stop to fill up for gas. If your tire tread depth is 1 to 2 mm, it is time to replace them. The sooner you replace your tires, the safer you will be as they are often a contributing factor to fatal motorcycle wrecks.
Contact a Knowledgeable North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
A motorcycle wreck is not always avoidable, but proper bike maintenance can lessen your chances of being involved in a serious accident.
At Lewis & Keller, we offer free legal consultations to North Carolina motorcycle accident victims. During your consultation, a member of our legal team can review the details of your claim and advise you on the best course of pursuing legal and financial remedies for your losses.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our firm, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina motorcycle accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our attorneys, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.