Few things provide a feeling of freedom like riding your motorcycle down an open California road. And many riders like to share that experience with their friends and family by having them ride along on the back of their bikes.

The Santa Monica motorcycle accident attorneys at Steinberg want to remind riders, however, that educating your passenger is imperative to preventing a serious motorcycle accident injury. Taking along a passenger is a big responsibility, but it can also be enjoyable for both parties with the proper preparation.

That is why the lawyers at Steinberg came up with a list of the top ten tips for motorcycle passengers. Read on to learn how drivers and passengers alike can take control of their motorcycle rides:

  1. Always make sure that your passenger is of legal age to be riding on the back of a motorcycle. If the passenger is a minor, make sure to have the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian. 
  2. Before hitting the road, allow the passenger to get used to accelerating, turning, and braking so that he or she can get a better feel for the bike and how it operates. 
  3. Teach your passenger to lean with you into turns. 
  4. Discourage your passenger from talking during the ride. This can be distracting, and it is also very difficult to hear when you are on the road. 
  5. Make sure that your passenger keeps his or her arms and legs away from hot or moving parts on the motorcycle. It is especially important to avoid the muffler, which can reach very high temperatures. 
  6. Always wear protective gear, including a helmet, padded or leather pants and jacket, eyewear, and gloves. This also means absolutely no shorts, short sleeves, or sandals during the ride. 
  7. Remember that having the extra weight of a passenger on the back of the motorcycle will make it more difficult to turn and brake. 
  8. As a passenger, avoid making sudden movements. Not only can this startle the driver, but it also can throw off the balance of the bike. 
  9. Always make sure to start the motorcycle before the passenger gets on the bike. 
  10. Check the motorcycle's manual to ensure that the combined weight of the driver and passenger does not exceed the recommended manufacturer weight limit. 

Our motorcycle injury lawyers in Los Angeles have seen the devastation that these types of accidents can cause, especially when there is a passenger involved. That is why the attorneys at Steinberg wrote Seven Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case. Full of tips on how to handle an injury claim, this free book is a must-have for anyone who has been injured in a Los Angeles motorcycle accident.

Get your free copy by calling 1-800-989-6385, or fill out our online form to schedule a complete case evaluation, free of charge.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982