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Tips for Transporting a Motorcycle

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on September 22, 2011

Maintaining your motorcycle is key to riding safely. Proper functioning of a motorcycle is important when riding, so that you can avoid accidents and costly repairs. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcyclist deaths accounted for 13% of all motor vehicle deaths in the year 2009.

When having a motorcycle towed, caution should always be taken to keep the motorcycle safe and to minimize any damages while being transported. First thing is to check the entire motorcycle and note any pre-existing damages. Taking pictures of the motorcycle could also be done. Of course, cleaning the motorcycle before towing is important so that it will be easier to see any damages or markings. If there are any special instructions for the motorcycle, the carrier may want to know this for loading and unloading; therefore it is good to have a list of these instructions ready.

Other things to do before transport of the motorcycle is to ensure that the:

  • Alarm is disabled;
  • Tires are properly inflated;
  • Battery is secured and is not leaking;
  • Gas tank is drained;
  • Steering is unlocked;
  • Mirrors are folded in;
  • Forks are unlocked ;and
  • That any loose items and accessories are removed.

Also, make sure to keep an inventory sheet, which has also been signed by the towing company.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an Arizona motorcycle accident as the result of another driver’s negligent actions or the damaging of your bike by a towing company, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the skilled Tucson motorcycle accident lawyers of Arizona’s Husband and Wife Law Team today to learn more about your legal rights and options at 520-308-6762.

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