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May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

 

May has been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers and vulnerabilities motorcyclists face on the roads and highways. Throughout the month of May, the National Safety Council (NSC) encourages drivers to share the road with motorcycles and be extra alert when they are nearby.

The personal injury law firm of Brent A. Duque represent victims injured in a Southern California motorcycle accident, and are immense advocates of this month as we see the results of catastrophic motorcycle accidents and the effect the injuries have on motorcyclist victims and their family throughout the entire spring and summer season.

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast living in the Southern California area, you are blessed with weather that allows you to ride your bike year-round, or at least the majority of it. Yet, some prefer to wait until Spring to break out their bike for the riding season. This makes May the perfect time to think about motorcycle safety. Fortunately, most bikers ride safely. When they are involved in an accident, it is often caused by another motorist.

Whether you have been riding for decades, years or months, it is important to remain focused on safety for your own protection. Below are some tips to help you avoid accidents while you commute to work or take a joy ride to enjoy the picture-perfect landscapes of the Golden State.

 

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In 2020, California reported the highest number of personal and commercial motorcycles registered in the country.

The following statistics were provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and updated in September 2021.

 

Some additional statistics:

 

Tips for Drivers

 

Tips for Riders

Aggressive motorcycle drivers who take chances are more likely to be involved in an accident, and even those who drive carefully face the risk of an accident. Riding defensively helps you anticipate and prevent hazards and dangerous situations that might lead to injury or fatality. The following tips will help you drive defensively on your next motorcycle ride:

 

Know Your Bike

One of the best ways to keep you safe on the road is knowing how to handle your bike. This is a learned skill that only gets better as you ride more. It is important that you have a motorcycle that fits your body, which means you should be able to put both feet flat on the ground and reach your handlebars. You should also make sure your bike is not too heavy for you. Assuming your motorcycle is a good fit for you, hone your skills by taking a rider’s safety class. Practice and increase your skills by taking an advanced riding course. You will learn collision avoidance maneuvers, advanced turning, control tips and braking techniques.

 

Get the Right Gear

As you are cruising around on your motorcycle, only your gear separates you from the road if you get in an accident. The right gear helps reduce injuries and might even prevent them in some cases. Motorcycle gear protects you from the elements, debris and road rash. Appropriate gear includes a DOT-approved helmet, goggles, leather jacket, leather pants or chaps, over the ankle boots and non-slip gloves. Dress in layers to adjust to any changing weather throughout the day.

 

Get the Help You Need After a Motorcycle Accident

The most important thing to remember about motorcycle accidents is that you must take legal action as soon as possible. Once the accident occurs the clock starts ticking, and if you wait too long, you may mistakenly forfeit your right to seek fair compensation. Call the Law Offices of Brent. A. Duque to discuss your accident and make an informed decision. We can provide the insight and legal help you need.

 

Common Motorcycle Accident Causes Include:

 

A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Make All the Difference

If you have been involved in a collision, even if law enforcement comes to the scene, the responding officer may not make a determination of fault in the accident report — or they could even make an incorrect fault determination. And in the absence of any definitive word, if different witnesses say different things, it will not take much for the other driver to claim that the accident was your fault. It may make sense to put your car accident case in the capable hands of an experienced personal injury attorney, who will build your strongest case and put you in position for the best outcome.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a motorcycle and have questions about seeking legal action, call us now at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your options. A free consultation is just a phone call away.

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