Motorcycle Dangers: Know How to Spot Them Before It's Too Late

Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating way to go about exploring the west coast or a simple and effective way to save money on gas during a daily a commute. Whichever way you choose to use your motorcycle, there will always be one constant and that is motorcycles can and often will be dangerous. The dangers of riding a motorcycle can be mitigated through a better understanding of how a motorcycle is operated and where accidents usuually happen.

Gaining Visibility
Typically, the first statement that an automobile driver will give after striking a motorcyclist is that he or she didn't see the motorcycle until after the crash.

One of the most dangerous traffic situations that a motorcyclist can contend with is an unprotected left turn. An unprotected left turn occurs when a motorist must turn left across oncoming traffic in a safe and prudent manner. This can be especially dangerous for an oncoming motorcyclist, as he or she is often more difficult to see or even overlooked entirely. When this happens, it normally does not end well for the motorcyclist.

If you are a motorcyclist, there are a few things you can do to avoid becoming a victim:
 
  • Flash your high beams when approaching an intersection
  • Slow down when approaching an intersection and scan for possible threats
  • Wear protective clothing that is high visibility or has reflective accents

Quality Training
It is also a good idea to find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course in your area. This course will be able to teach you the fundamentals of safe and defensive riding. The more you are able to accurately spot a possible danger and then swiftly and safely take action, the greater your chances will be at surviving on the street. Often insurance companies will give discounts to riders who have successfully completed a MSF course.

Wrongful Death
If you have lost a family member in a motorcycle accident resulting from the negligence of another person, then you may be entitled compensation.  This type of claim is known as wrongful death.

If you are considering filing a Southern California wrongful death lawsuit, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney at our office at (800) 989-6385. Our professional staff is here to help you through your difficult time with our experience and understanding.

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Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982