Motorcyclists will tell you that they enjoy the thrill of the open air as they ride. While that freedom is part of the experience of riding a motorcycle, it does mean that bikers and their passengers are at a greater risk of catastrophic injuries and death compared to other motorists.
If you ride a motorcycle in California, you should understand what happens to the body in a collision and what you can do to stay safe. Read on for information from the Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers of Custodio & Dubey LLP.
Examples of serious injuries often suffered by motorcycle accident victims include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Head and facial injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Ankle and knee injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Road rash
Motorcycle riders can take steps to help keep themselves safe on the road, including:
- Take a motorcycle safety course. This is especially important if you are inexperienced or have not ridden a bike in a long time. Safety courses will help you learn or refresh what actions to take in dangerous situations on the road. Even veteran motorcyclists can benefit from a safety class.
- Always choose a motorcycle within your skill and experience level. Some motorcycles have speed and acceleration performance that exceeds the ability of less practiced riders.
- Inspect your motorcycle before every ride. This includes checking the condition of the tires, your bike’s fluid levels, and that your lights, horn, clutch, and brakes work.
- Always turn your headlight on. Even in broad daylight, a headlight can increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Wear appropriate gear. A U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet, eye protection, gloves, boots or other over-ankle footwear, long pants, and a long shirt or jacket made of durable material can protect you from direct contact with road surfaces, hot metal, and other dangers.
- Wear brightly colored clothing or add reflective tape to your helmet. A motorcycle is smaller and narrower than other vehicles, which makes them harder to see in traffic. Anything to keep you more visible is good.
- Avoid riding in bad weather or at night. Slick surfaces and poor lighting increase the risk of a motorcycle accident.
- Obey all traffic laws. As a motorcyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers in California. Follow the law.
- Ride defensively. Stay aware of everything around you. Don’t assume that another driver sees you or will act appropriately.
Contact Our Trusted Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Even the most experienced biker is at risk of serious harm if a motorcycle crash occurs. If you have been injured in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Custodio & Dubey LLP can help determine your rights to compensation. Call or contact us for a free consultation today. There’s no obligation and nothing to lose.