A motorcycle rider can be following the rules of the road yet still get hit on California’s congested roadways. Because of the relatively small size of motorcycles, especially as compared to SUVs and semi trucks, other drivers sometimes do not see them. This visibility issue needs to be taken more seriously in order to help prevent California motorcycle accidents.
Often, other vehicles are to blame in Southern California motorcycle accidents. Drivers may fail to look out for motorcycles, engage in distracted driving behaviors, change lanes without looking in their blind spots, or fail todo not yield to motorcycle riders. However, other drivers are not at fault in everyt always to blame for motorcycle crash.
Important safety tips that motorcycle riders should abide by on the roads include:
- Obey traffic laws. – Motorcycle riders should not weave in and out of traffic, speed, or drive too aggressively. Instead, riders should drive defensively, look before they change lanes, and change their riding techniques to make their motorcycles easier to see in traffic.
- Be aware of conditions. – Motorcycle drivers should check their tires before going on a ride and keep their distance from other vehicles. They also should be aware of road conditions, weather conditions, and road hazards.
- Never drink and drive. – Having a drink before getting on a motorcycle increases a rider’s chances of an accident. Alcohol has been reported as a factor in a large amount of fatal motorcycle crashes.
- Wear proper safety gear. – Wearing a properly fitting helmet can help reduce neck, head, and facial injuries if involved in a motorcycle crash. Also, wearing brightly colored helmets and apparel can help other motorists see a rider on the road.
Motorcycle crashes occur on a daily basis in Southern California. These accidents can lead to serious injuries or fatalities. If you have fallen victim to a motorcycle accident in Orange County, then you have a right to a personal injury claim. If you have sustained a serious injury, then you will need a knowledgeable accident attorney to help you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Call John P. Burns, an experienced Orange County motorcycle injury attorney, to find out your legal options. Attorney John Burns will provide you with a free consultation and the answers to your questions. Call (877) 320-1338 today, and also request your FREE copy of the book at our website, 9 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Vehicle Accident Case.