Motorcyclists in California might wonder how they can ride more safely. It is important to anticipate specific dangers and consider what can be done to avoid or deal with them.
For example, avoiding excessive speed can help prevent the dangers of taking a corner too fast as well as going around a blind corner and hitting a patch of leaves, gravel or other debris that can cause an accident. Riders should also be observant so that they will notice cars changing lanes or making left turns.
Motorcyclists should space themselves between cars or while riding among other motorcyclists to avoid being hit from behind. They should not ride between a traffic lane and a line of parked cars so they do not hit pedestrians or car doors. Practicing the use of the front brake is also important. The front brake is more powerful than many motorcyclists realize and riders who are unfamiliar with its operation may lock the brake and be thrown.
Motorcyclists should beware of weather conditions such as rain and snow. Motorcycles can still run well in these conditions, but riders should slow down and keep in mind that visibility will be limited. Keeping revs up makes it easier to get traction. Finally, motorcyclists should always avoid drinking and riding.
Despite observing safety rules, motorcyclists may be badly injured in accidents with other motorcyclists or with other vehicles as a result of inattentive drivers. Motorcyclists may be particularly vulnerable to serious injuries because they are unprotected. If they are not offered sufficient compensation by the insurance company of the driver responsible for the accident, they may wish to speak with an attorney. If the other driver was negligent, the injured motorcyclist may be able to file a successful lawsuit. If the driver was on the job at the time, their company may bear some responsibility as well.
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