Monday, 18 April 2011

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Spring

Statistics show that the number of motorcycles sharing the roads with you has increased over the past decade. The year’s peak motorcycling season has already begun, and across California, motorists can expect to find more motorcyclists sharing the roads.

Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers find most motorcycle accidents to be the result of drivers’ failure to look out for motorcycles. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has a few tips for motorists to avoid collisions with motorcycles this season:

  • Look out especially closely for motorcyclists at an intersection.
  • Motorcyclists often seem to be much further away than they are because of their smaller frame. It is sometimes also difficult to judge a motorcyclist’s speed for the same reason. Always assume that the motorcycle is much closer than it appears.
  • Motorcycles can easily be hidden in the blind spots of the vehicle. They can also easily be concealed behind bushes and pillars.
  • Don't depend heavily on motorcycle signals. Motorcycle signals are usually not self canceling, and many motorcyclists fail to switch off the signal after they make a lane change.
  • Motorcycles are maneuverable, and can squeeze between vehicles, but that doesn't mean that they can maneuver them out of any situation.
  • Motorcycles have the same amount of stopping distance as cars, but a slippery pavement makes it harder for them to stop in time to avoid a car. Never follow too closely behind a motorcycle.

As the Motorcycle Safety Foundation advises, when you look at a motorcycle, look at it not as a two-wheeler, but as a person. That person is at a serious risk of injuries when you fail to look out for him. In any accident involving a motorcycle and a motor vehicle, it is the motorcyclist who has a higher risk of suffering spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, than the occupants of the car.

1 comment:

  1. Do you have any advice for those of us that are riding the motorcycle? Last year, my father in law was in a pretty bad accident on his bike. It made me a little afraid of riding. However, I don't want to give it up. I just want to find ways to be safer.