motorcycle accident

Recommendations from Knowledgeable Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

So, you decide to go on a riding adventure, and your motorcycle breaks down. What to do next?  According to motorcycle accident lawyers who have handled many cases on crashes, no matter where you are, even if you are driving in a highly urbanized or a low population area, you should have a motorcycle kit with you.

These essentials can make a difference between life and death. Unfortunately, not all riders give a survival kit the importance it deserves. And when they get in trouble, they panic. But what are the components of a good kit?

Water Bottle

Hydration is your priority. If you are in the middle of nowhere, you need water to survive. It is always a good idea to have an extra water bottle in your motorcycle compartment, even if you already bought a bottle from the store. Make sure that the bottle is sealed tight to prevent bacteria from creeping in. It is best to use an unlined aluminum steel water canteen so you can heat it up and cook food if necessary.

Jacket/Raincoat/Tarp

You will never know how the weather will turn out. If you are in a car, you have protection from the wind and the rain. But on a motorcycle, you do not have any of that. It is always a wise move to have a jacket for cold weather and a raincoat for rain. There may a bad night or two where you will have to wait on the road while waiting for help.

A tarp also comes in handy to protect yourself from the sun. You can tie it up on a tree and use it as shelter. The bigger, the better. In fact, why not bring a tent? There are tents now that you can compress into a very small bag that should fit inside your backpack or your motorcycle compartment.

Fanny Pack

You can call it a fanny pack or a tail bag, but it is essentially a survival kit. Put them in a small bag that has several compartments so that you can organize them. If you have all these things, you are improving your chances of, well, riding out the night. The contents of your fanny pack are not nice to have. These are must-haves. A cell phone must be part of your fanny pack, along with a notebook that has emergency numbers and the numbers of your family and friends. This notebook will come in handy if your cell phone battery drains and somebody happens to lend you a hand. At least you can call people and tell them that you are alright.

  • Cellular phone
  • Spare batteries for phone/charger
  • Notebook with phone number
  • Pen and paper
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Whistle
  • Earplugs
  • Small bottle of sunscreen
  • Tire gauge
  • Spare bike key
  • Bandanna
  • Cable ties
  • Lip balm
  • Camera and spare battery
  • Contact lens supplies
  • Hand-cleaner wipes

Tools

Yes, you need to have tools. Without the proper tools, you cannot fix most problems. The assumption here is that you have a little technical background in troubleshooting the engine if your motorcycle won’t start. At a minimum, here are the tools you should have in your survival kit:

  • Crescent wrench
  • Allen wrench set
  • Sears box wrenches
  • Small locking pliers
  • Ratchet and appropriate sockets
  • Jumper cables
  • Pipe as extension and stand
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Tire repair kit(s) with Inflator
  • Impact driver
  • Tow strap

No Brainer Stuff

  • Gloves – You need gloves to protect yourself from cold weather. You also need this in case you find yourself in the woods. As you pick objects along, your gloves should protect you.
  • Flashlight – Do not think that your motorcycle can provide you the lights you need. If your battery dies, you will stay out on the roads for hours.
  • Food – Needless to say, stock up on crackers and canned goods that should last you for two days. You will never know when help will arrive.
  • Knife – This is essential. You must have a camping or hunting knife and a Swiss army knife that has utility tools. Use the camping knife for heavy duty slashing.

Parts and Supplies

When motorcycles age, you begin to realize that there are parts that easily wear and tear. Armed with this knowledge, you need to keep some of these handy so you can troubleshoot your bike properly and fix it. Can you just imagine if you realize that the only thing that keeps your bike form running is a spark plug? You are in the middle of nowhere, no cell phone signal, and no cars are passing through. If you only brought that spare, you will never have to go through this kind of agony.  You need:

  • Nuts and bolts
  • Duct tape
  • Four to six feet of baling wire
  • Six feet of electrical wire
  • Small container of oil
  • Bulbs
  • Tire sealant
  • Cotter pins
  • Master link
  • Spare fuses
  • Chain lube
  • Spark plugs

In Case of an Accident

If you get into a crash, contact the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm for immediate legal assistance. We can help you get compensation for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about your options for recovery, call us at 1-800-52-CRASH.