Motorcycling is extremely popular in southern California. Our weather and beautiful scenery makes us a haven for motorcyclists. We can boast of abundant coastal roads, canyons and open spaces for all types of riding. We ride for daily transportation, for recreation and for the sheer joy of mastering the road with a thrilling machine. Along with the enjoyment, we must face the reality of risk. Fortunately, motorcycle fatalities have been falling in the United States over the past decade. However, still far too many motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed in California each year. Because motorcycles dont offer the same protections that cars and trucks do in an accident, a collision involving a motorcycle often results in death or serious injuries.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
One of the primary causes of motorcycle accidents is other drivers failing to see motorcycles in traffic. Because of the size of most motorcycles, they can sometimes be overlooked by other drivers, particularly if the drivers are distracted in some way. In my experience, the most common causes of crashes with other vehicles involve left-turns by vehicles and vehicles entering the roadway from side streets. Some other common causes include speeding by one or more of the vehicles involved, the use of alcohol, inexperienced or poorly trained riders, weather, and road hazards.
Common Ways to Prevent Motorcycle Crashes
There are some ways to help prevent motorcycle accidents from occurring. First, motorcyclists should make themselves very visible to other drivers by using supplemental lighting, reflectors and brightly colored clothing. This can help reduce the odds that a driver wont see you. Also, always wear the proper gear, including a safely designed and well-fitting helmet. Taking a motorcycle riders course can greatly increase the odds that you will be able to avoid an accident. And, of course, never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If Youve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Crash
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need to speak to a personal injury attorney with experience riding motorcycles, and who understands motorcycle operation and crash dynamics. I have over 45 years of experience riding on-road and off-road motorcycles and for over 30 years I have successfully represented motorcyclists in injury cases. I can help you to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you have been injured in a California motorcycle accident, contact Don Sjaarda, motorcyclist and motorcycle injury attorney. Call today for a free consultation at 714-963-8216.
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