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It’s not uncommon for motorcycle riders to get chased by a dog or even multiple dogs. Some dogs chase motorcycles because it reinforces their predatory nature or territorial instinct.  Others because they’re bored, and it becomes an outlet for all their pent-up energy. 

Whatever the motivation, getting chased by a dog on your motorcycle, no matter the size of the dog, can be a very scary situation, especially if you don’t know what course of action you should take. It’s unfortunate, but there are pet owners who don’t properly train their dogs, and/or they let them roam freely. 

Therefore, it’s important that you know how to handle dogs chasing your motorcycle in order to avoid what, at best, could turn out to be a very unpleasant confrontation with the dog’s owner, or worse — an accident that results in serious injuries to you, the dog, and/or others on the roadway.

Should you slow down or speed up?

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), if you’re getting chased by a dog while riding, you should slow down to avoid a collision. Some dogs don’t have the concept of what a motorcycle is and are still likely to run right in front of your tires. Slowing down will help to control that situation.

If it looks like the dog is going to intercept you, speed up just before the interception; this will help to throw off the dog’s timing. Don’t kick the dog as that can throw off your balance, and you could lose control of the bike. 

If you notice that you’ll soon be having an encounter with an aggressive dog looking to attack, slow down your motorcycle. Speed up to avoid aggressive dogs only if you’re far enough away to put your bike in neutral and then rev it up. There’s a good chance that the loud sound will work to scare them away.

Even if you follow all of these safety tips, you may still end up getting attacked and bitten by a dog and/or sustain an injury in an accident that resulted from getting chased by a dog. In the case of dog bites, seek immediate medical attention to get your wound professionally treated. You’ll need to get checked for rabies because, unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible about getting their dog inoculated for rabies. 

What happens if the dog causes an accident?

Getting bitten is not the only safety hazard when you’re being chased by dogs at large. You can be seriously injured in an accident if you end up hitting a dog or if you swerve to avoid hitting the animal.

In the state of California, a dog owner is liable for the accident and any resulting injuries when his or her dog causes a motorcycle accident while it’s off-leash and in the public domain. At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, motorcycle attorneys in Riverside County, our top priority is to ensure that you receive fair and adequate compensation for your injuries.