Safety tips for California motorcyclists     

As the weather transitions out of winter into warmer and longer days, it’s typical to see an increase in motor vehicle traffic on most California roadways. This includes many motorcyclists who are eager to get out and about for both recreational activities and as a means of transportation. Unfortunately, more motorists and pedestrians on or near the roadways during this time of year also mean a higher risk of becoming involved in an accident.

Motorcyclists can face a multitude of potential safety hazards, such as distracted or intoxicated drivers, wet pavement and other unsafe road conditions, and pedestrians and even certain animals suddenly wandering out into the direct path of roadway traffic. Fortunately, there are some specific safety tips that riders can follow to significantly reduce the odds of being involved in an unfortunate incident, including the following:

  • Implementing defensive driving measures, such as staying a safe distance away from other vehicles, checking blind spots and always using turn signals
  • Following all traffic laws, especially speed limits and traffic lights
  • Wearing protective gear, including a helmet, long pants, boots and gloves
  • Avoiding riding in times of illness or when under the influence of certain medications
  • Taking advantage of routine maintenance and inspections

While following the safety tips above can create a safer traveling environment for both riders and anyone in their vicinity, there are still far too many occasions where motorcycle accidents occur due to the negligence of another party. In these situations, victims have the right to file a personal injury claim in a California civil court. A successfully litigated lawsuit can result in much-needed monetary relief to help cover many of the unfortunate expenses now being faced, improving one’s ability to focus on recovering and returning toward normalcy.