Many Southern Californians have taken to riding motorcycles in recent years as a way to get around the ever-present traffic jams that seem to exist in every major city across the region. Currently in California, there are 1.3 million licensed motorcycle operators.
With more motorcyclists on the road, safety concerns have become more magnified, especially in light of a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistic. They found that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die than drivers of passenger cars.
In response to this alarming statistics, officials with the California Office of Traffic Safety have emphasized that by practicing certain safety measures, motorcyclists can greatly reduce their risk of injury or death.
One way motorcyclists can better protect themselves from injury is by wearing protective clothing. What this means is that bikers should wear helmets approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to protect against head injuries. They should also wear heavy duty clothing, such as tear-proof leather or denim to protect them from potential road rash.
As for footwear, it’s important that it cover the foot and the ankle. Bikers should also wear protective eye wear such as goggles.
In addition to wearing protective garments, transportation department officials also recommend that bikers wear clothing that increases others’ ability to see them. While reflective clothing may fit this bill best, any lighter-colored clothing will do. Aside from that, bikers can benefit from running the lights on their motorcycle, even when it’s not dark outside.
Motorcyclists are also urged not to stay still in their lanes when moving along in traffic. Instead, it’s recommended that they maneuver about within their lane as a way of attracting motorists’ attention.
Other accident-prevention techniques that the NHTSA recommends center around motorcyclists avoiding operating their bikes beyond their abilities. This means that they shouldn’t speed, as this has been found to be the second highest reason to blame for motorcycle crashes.
Individuals shouldn’t try tricks on the open road either, but instead keep to doing those on closed tracks. And, of course, as the number one cause of motorcycle accidents, intoxicated driving, no biker should drink or do drugs and then drive.
If you were seriously injured by a negligent motorist while out riding your motorcycle, then you may be entitled to recover lost wages, medical expenses and more with the help of a Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney.
Source: The Press-Enterprise, “These 5 motorcycle safety tips will keep you from becoming the next statistic,” Alicia Robinson, July 30, 2017