One of the biggest threats to motorcyclists in California comes when vehicles turn left in front of them. In this situation, many riders believe the best maneuver is laying the motorcycle down. According to RideApart.com, this obstacle avoidance tactic is often used by those who do not fully understand how effective their braking systems will perform in this situation.
The incredible scenic views of California create an optimal adventure experience for motorcycling enthusiasts. Even for folks who use their bike as a way to get to work or school, the thrill of riding in the open air is incomparable to any other feeling. However, the excitement of riding is also tied to inherent risks that must be carefully respected and navigated to avoid serious injury or death. Even for the most experienced riders, sudden hazards can create dangerous circumstances if there is little time to react.
Driving a vehicle on the California roadways, there is pretty much only one place in a lane to be. On a motorcycle, you have three choices, and the one you pick could be important for your safety. The California Motorcycle Handbook explains some of the reasons lane position is so important.
Any accident on your motorcycle on the roadways of California can be devastating, but crush injuries and other traumas that affect the nerves may leave you with permanent damage. At E & E Law Group, we have helped many riders with nerve damage to seek compensation from the drivers who caused their life-changing injuries.
Motorcyclists who frequent the California highways know that they are more likely to sustain a serious injury in a crash. Often, because of the relatively small size of motorcycles, motorists fail to notice them.
When collisions happen between motorcycles and cars, trucks or SUVs in Van Nuys, it is virtually guaranteed that the motorcyclists will the get the worst of them. Sadly, the brunt of consequences that they are forced to bear often does not reflect their degree of fault in causing such accidents. Of the 4,976 motorcyclists that The Insurance Information Institute reports were killed on American roads in 2015, it may be safe to assume that many of them died due to the fault of motorists. Often, motorists will attempt to claim that the motorcyclists they struck suddenly turned into their lanes, leaving them with little time to react. This highlights the need for motorcyclists to do all they can to indicate their intentions on the road in order to counter such claims.
You have been riding your motorcycle on the California roadways for a while now, and you may be comfortable with your skill level. However, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the risks you face on your bike never go away, and because there are so many factors that contribute to any given crash, your best bet is to manage that risk with defensive riding.
If you ride a motorcycle, then you are probably aware that you are the most vulnerable vehicle on California roadways. Being completely exposed puts you at a high risk for serious injuries or death if you get into an accident. People in vehicles have various safety devices that you do not have, such as seat belts and air bags. However, a new invention may hold the key to keeping you safer in the event of an accident.
Road rash may sound like an itch and look like a scrape, but it is measured by doctors as a burn. According to WebMD, it is a friction burn that is defined by the number of layers of skin that are damaged. A first-degree friction burn only takes off the first layer, but a fourth-degree burn goes all the way through the skin layers and damages the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and bones beneath.
While your motorcycle helmet is an accessory that makes a statement about who you are as you ride the roads of California, the wrong one could cost you your life. According to HelmetCheck.org, the safest helmet is still the wrong one if it does not fit you perfectly.