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10 Tips for California Motorcycle Safety

Avoid Motorcycle Accidents and Lawsuits With These Safety Tips

Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than driving a car. Motorcyclists tend to suffer from serious injuries after being involved in an accident. This is why it is important to stay safe on the road if you are riding a motorcycle. Many accidents can be avoided by being educated and aware of road safety. Here are some helpful tips to prevent you from getting into a collision:

  • Wear protective gear. It is important to have on a helmet while you are riding a motorcycle. Those who choose not to will have a higher chance of enduring serious head injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Other than wearing a helmet, make sure you have on other types of protective gear, such as:
    • Goggles,
    • Gloves,
    • Leather,
    • Boots,
    • Long pants, and a
    • Jacket.
  • Obtain a motorcycle license. In California, it is mandatory to get an official motorcycle license before riding a motorcycle. It is required for a motorcyclist to pass two types of exams. A written test will be administered to evaluate your knowledge of how to properly use a motorcycle. The second test will show off your motorcycle riding skills. These are given to determine whether an individual is capable of operating a motorcycle appropriately.
  • Do not be under the influence when you are operating the motorcycle. A large portion of motorcycle crashes are from motorcyclists who consume alcoholic drinks prior to going out. Drunk motorcyclists are not aware of how fast they are going, thus resulting in higher chances of getting into an accident.
  • Get professional practice or training. It is highly suggested for a motorcyclist to take professional motorcycle courses. It is better to learn from someone who is certified rather than a friend or relative.
  • Keep your motorcycle in good condition. It is important to make sure that there are no faulty or defective parts in your motorcycle before taking it out on a ride. Make frequent checks to confirm that everything looks fine. Failure to do so may result in a malfunction on the road, which could lead to a collision.
  • Stay in your lane. Share the road. Do not try to occupy two lanes or ride past cars during slow traffic by squeezing into small spots. You are not only risking your life, but you are also putting others’ lives in danger. If you want to change lanes, you must make sure that it’s safe by checking your surroundings prior to making the initial move.
  • Avoid road hazards. There are various road hazards that will create dangerous conditions for a motorcyclist. These may include, but are not limited to:
    • Debris,
    • Faulty pavement,
    • Pothole,
    • Rough roads, or
    • Poor weather.

    Spend some time learning about these road hazards, along with many others, to get an idea of how you could avoid them in the future.

  • Know your capabilities. Be aware of your limits and ride accordingly. Educate yourself on California’s road rules and take the time to learn more about common causes of motorcycle accidents. This will help you protect yourself by keeping an eye out on the road.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award is known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact, were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a motorcycle accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for losses you have suffered, which includes medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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