Nothing compares to the feel of the open road on a motorcycle, but there is a downside. Many motorists do not pay attention to the motorcyclists. By following basic safety tips, you can enjoy the ride and protect yourself as much as possible.
A Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer at Salamati Law can help those seriously injured in a motorcycle accident receive the compensation they deserve when they were not at fault.
California Motorcycle Safety
Under California law, motorcyclists must wear protective headgear. In addition, motorcycles must have working lights, a horn, a mirror, and front and rear brakes.
In Los Angeles, motorcycle safety is even more challenging than in less congested areas. The city is infamous for its jammed roadways and high traffic volume. If unfamiliar with the city or certain areas, do not ride highways during rush hour until you have a better idea of their particular challenges.
Many states do not permit lane splitting, but California allows it. If lane splitting, always remain aware of a driver’s blind spot. Do not ride too fast or get too close to other vehicles.
Being safe on the road rests on the motorcyclist. That is why it is vital to take the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Motorcyclist Safety Program before taking to the open road. Learn how to ride defensively. In fact, experienced motorcyclists should take regular refresher courses.
Many motorcycle accidents result from the recklessness or negligence of motorists. That might include speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving, or failing to maintain a safe distance. A Los Angeles reckless driving attorney will pursue an investigation utilizing police reports, eyewitness accounts, surveillance video, and accident recreation.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
The most crucial motorcycle safety tip is that many motorists are inattentive where motorcycles are concerned. Drivers simply do not see them until it is too late. Always wear bright clothing and keep your headlights on to increase the odds that you will be safe.
Here are some frequent situations that are dangerous for cyclists and tips for protecting yourself:
- Left-hand turn– Many California motorcycle accidents happen at intersections. A driver making a left-hand turn may collide with a motorcycle on the straightaway because they did not see them. Stay extra alert around intersections.
- Yielding at an intersection– Drivers may not notice a motorcycle and fail to yield the right of way. Again, staying vigilant is the best way to protect yourself.
- Trucks and big rigs– Larger vehicles, including SUVs, are more dangerous because the low-riding motorcycle may not appear in the driver’s view. Be aware of this when around oversized vehicles.
In addition, always follow the rules of the road. When the weather is bad, or visibility is poor, avoid riding. Never drink or use recreational drugs before riding. Finally, make sure your motorcycle is in good working condition. Check every aspect of it before riding, including fluid levels and tire pressure.
Not every dangerous situation involves another vehicle. Road hazards that may cause minor problems for a car can result in catastrophic motorcycle injuries.
Common road hazards include:
- Animals crossing
- Debris in road
- Fallen objects
- Loose gravel
- Wet pavement
When a motorcycle accident happens due to road hazards, the entity in charge of maintenance may hold liability. Most roads fall under the jurisdiction of state or local governments. When an accident is due to these deficiencies, the general two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit does not apply. Claims require filing with the appropriate agency within six months.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists have little protection when colliding with a car. A helmet and protective gear are no match for an automobile’s steel frame, airbags, and seatbelts. As a result, when motorcycle accidents occur, injuries are often severe and may prove fatal.
Common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of limbs
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
At best, these injuries require a long recuperation period. At worst, they can result in a permanent disability or prove fatal. Consult a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible so a thorough investigation can begin. Waiting too long may mean critical evidence is lost.
Contact a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident because of a motorist’s negligence, or a family member was killed in such an accident, contact the experienced Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers at Salamati Law. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
After reviewing your claim, we will advise you of your options. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is no fee unless you receive compensation. Hablamos Español.