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Keeping passengers safe on a motorcycle

Riding a motorcycle with a passenger may be a fun way to spend an afternoon with a friend or loved one. However, Oklahoma residents and others should understand that riding with a passenger may carry safety risks. Ideally, a rider will learn how to operate a motorcycle safely before taking on a passenger. Motorcyclists new to riding with a passenger may want to start in an area where there is light traffic and fewer safety risks.

State law might dictate who can have a passenger on a motorcycle as well as what the bike must have when a passenger is on it. For instance, it may be necessary to have an additional seat or additional footrests for this extra person. Those who are operating the bike might also need to have a full license as opposed to a learner's permit.

Passengers are encouraged to speak up if they don't fit comfortably on the bike. They should also refrain from taking actions that could distract the rider. When the bike is in motion, the passenger should use handlebars or put their arms around the rider's waist for a solid grip. Riders are encouraged to watch their speed, and they should also remember that a passenger will add to the bike. The added weight will likely increase the amount of time it takes to stop.

Individuals who are hurt in a motorcycle accident may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. This could be true if a reckless or negligent driver caused the crash. In some cases, a passenger on a motorcycle that caused a crash can take legal action against the driver. Compensation could help to pay medical bills related to broken bones, head injuries or other motorcycle accident injuries.

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