Helpful Tips for Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving San Bernardino, CA
As a rider, you face an increased risk of injury in an accident. You also may have to deal with a uniquely complex
insurance claim after a motorcycle accident and could even be the subject of prejudice when it comes to fault and liability. There are steps you can take, however, to address these challenges. The following are helpful tips for riders, as compiled by the
San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorneys at Pacific Attorney Group. Using our years of experience representing riders' rights, we hope to make a positive impact in accident prevention and the recovery of fair
compensation for riders.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
There are safety measures you can implement as a rider to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident in the first place and to reduce your risk of injury:
- Remember that visibility is a key issue when it comes to motorcycle accidents caused by other drivers. Drivers should be aware of motorcyclists, but far too often they are not looking for motorcycles and cause serious accidents. Wear brightly colored and reflective gear and never assume that another driver can see you. Ride with your headlight on, and avoid riding in drivers' blind spots. This can improve your visibility to others.
- Practice defensive riding. If you are vigilant in watching the maneuvers of motorists and are prepared to make evasive maneuvers, you may be able to prevent an accident caused by another's negligence or carelessness.
- Always obey traffic laws. This includes speed limits and adjusting your speed for current conditions. You should also never drink and ride or ride under the influence of drugs. Obeying these and all other traffic laws can help reduce your chances of causing an accident.
- You may be able to reduce your chance of suffering a fatal injury by wearing proper protective gear. You are required to wear a helmet under California law, and wearing a protective jacket, boots, pants and gloves can also reduce the severity of certain injuries.
After an Accident
Even when you are experienced and careful, another's negligence or an external factor may mean you are still involved in a collision. Fortunately, there are steps you can take immediately after a motorcycle accident to protect your right to compensation and to help ensure that the blame of the crash is not wrongfully placed on your shoulders.
- Stay at the scene to exchange information with the other driver and to render aid to others, if you can. Leaving the scene of an accident is actually a crime in California, unless you are seriously injured and are taken away in an ambulance.
- Do not admit fault! Do not apologize or make any statements to law enforcement personnel or the insurance company that may imply that you were to blame for the accident. Fault can be determined through a complete investigation; even if you think you caused the accident, another issue could have been to blame.
- Get as much information as you can while you are still at the scene. Take pictures, get contact information from witnesses, get the badge numbers of law enforcement officers and take notes. This can prove valuable later on.
- Seek medical attention. If you have not already, be sure to see a doctor. Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, some injuries take hours or days to present themselves. See your doctor and tell him or her that you were involved in a motorcycle accident.
- You may also wish to involve an attorney. Whether you call a legal professional immediately after the accident or wait, you may benefit from having someone who knows the ins and outs of insurance proceedings on your side.
Take advantage of this opportunity to talk about your case with a skilled legal professional. Your initial consultation with a San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm is free, and we work on a contingent fee basis, so you pay no legal fees unless we win. Call today!