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10 Tips for California Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety Tips -- Free Advice From the Best Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys

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 a helmet. It is important to wear a helmet when you are operating a motorcycle. Those who fail to do so are more likely to sustain severe head injuries, such as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 
  • Obtain a motorcycle license. In California, it is required for a motorcyclist to get an official motorcycle license. It is required for riders to pass a knowledge test along with a skills test. The knowledge test is a written exam, while a skills test is showing that you are capable of operating a motorcycle. 
  • Do not be under the influence when you are operating the motorcycle. A large portion of motorcycle accidents is from riders who consume alcoholic drinks prior to riding their motorcycle. Motorcyclists are not aware of how fast they are going when intoxicated, thus resulting in a higher chance of enduring an accident.
  • Get professional practice or training. It is suggested that a motorcyclist should take professional motorcycle courses to get educated on how to properly operate a motorcycle. It is better to learn from someone that is certified rather than a friend or relative. 
  • Wear protective gear. Make sure to wear clothing that will protect you from various circumstances. Examples include:
    • Goggles, 
    • Gloves,
    • Leather, 
    • Boots,
    • Long pants, and a
    • Jacket. 
  • Know your capabilities. >Be aware of your limits and ride accordingly. You must also correlate your limits to the laws of the road.  Keep your bike 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 try to ride past cars during slow traffic by squeezing into small spots. You are risking your life along with the lives of other drivers. If you want to change lanes, you must confirm that it is safe by checking your surroundings before 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. You must also correlate your limits to the laws of the road. 
  • Educate yourself on what causes motorcycle accidents. Learn about common causes of motorcycle accidents to take note of what you should do if you were to be in that type of situation. This will help protect you from circumstances where you may have a potential chance of getting involved in an accident. 

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
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are 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 are only incorporated in 5% 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, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


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