There are many reasons a person chooses to ride a motorcycle whether it’s for the excitement of being on two wheels or because they want to save time and money. In fact, California motorcycle riders have something many other states don’t have, they can enjoy 365 days of riding without snow or ice.
No matter why a person chooses to ride a motorcycle, most of them know they are taking a big risk every time they venture out on the road or freeways.
In fact, one of every five fatalities in 2012 was attributed to a motorcyclist. That is 20 percent or 116 of the 585 fatal traffic accidents reported in Los Angeles County. However, as far as injuries were concerned, motorcyclists, but riders made up only 6.3 percent of the 50,622 injuries in the county, according to statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.
“The reason for the larger number of deaths versus injuries is because motorcyclists are more likely to die in a crash due to the severity of their injuries,” said Attorney James Johnson.
Additionally, most of these motorcycle accidents throughout the United States take place at intersections. Motorists suddenly make left-hand turns in front of a rider who is unable to avoid being hit.
It’s important that motorcycle riders are prepared and take steps to avoid being involved in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Rider Essentials
- Make sure the motorcycle you are riding is safe
- Use only a DOT (Department of Motor Vehicles) approved full-faced helmet
- Wear a long-sleeved leather jacket, pants, gloves and boots. Never wear shorts, sneakers, flip flops or ride with bear skin or without protection.
- Make sure passengers use proper equipment as well
- Take a motorcycle safety course
Operating a Motorcycle in California
- Follow the rules of the road and drive within speed limits
- Never suddenly change lanes or weave in and out of traffic
- Prepare yourself by assuming you are invisible to other drivers
- Never drive between cars that are moving
- If another motorist cuts you off do not attempt to play cat and mouse with them or escalate the incident – you are most at risk for being hurt
There are no safety nets or airbags able to protect motorcycle riders on California roadways. Also, riders are vulnerable to being run over by a second vehicle after an initial knockdown accident. If you are injured in a traffic accident and you believe the other driver is at fault, it’s important that you obtain immediate medical assistance and contact a personal injury attorney to help you get the full settlement you are entitled to.
How to Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in California
Help is just a phone call away. Contact Johnson Attorneys Group for a free consultation at 800-235-6801. There are no upfront fees and our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis.
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