Many California teens are motivated to take to the road on a motorcycle for much the same reasons adults are. They appreciate the freedom that riding alone on a motorcycle without the shell of a car affords them. Since teens have far less experience on the road, they’re at an increased risk of getting hurt out on the road. There are steps that they can take to reduce their risk of getting injured, however.

One of the most important things that teens can do when they first start riding a motorcycle is to purchase and wear a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Aside from looking for a decal that designates them as DOT-approved, these types of helmets are easily identifiable because they’re generally larger and more heavy duty than others on the market. They’re also more sizeable because they’re lined with a significant amount of foam that absorbs energy if your brain shifts suddenly in a crash.

In addition to a helmet, you may also benefit from purchasing both protective and brightly colored reflective clothing such as leather or thick denim pants and a jacket. It may help for you to buy a pair of goggles, boots that cover your ankles and gloves as well.

When you select a motorcycle, make sure to find one that has a good safety rating and that’s ideal for beginning riders to maneuver.

It can be extremely helpful if you take a California motorcycle training class, especially since at least 90 percent of those involved in crashes lack formal training of any sort. When you take one of these courses, you’ll learn where things are on your bike and also how to best maneuver your bike in heavy Los Angeles traffic. You may even qualify for discounted insurance by taking such a class.

One of perhaps the most common reasons that teens and other motorcyclists get into crashes is because they drive too fast for the road conditions. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the most serious motor vehicle accidents are often caused by speeding.

Head-on crashes often occur when a motorist loses control of their car or truck. Motorcyclists who are severely injured in these types of crashes can find the legal help that they need following a head-on collision when they consult with a motorcycle accidents attorney.