Because of the year-round pleasant weather and abundant sunshine, riding a motorcycle in California can be a lot of fun. However, motorcycle accidents are often incredibly serious, so taking measures to protect yourself from a collision is important. The following are some of the most common causes of motorcycle wrecks to be aware of each time you ride.
Making unsafe lane changes
Before you switch lanes, you should always make sure you can see other car’s mirrors and especially the faces of the other drivers. Keep in mind that if you can’t see other drivers, they most likely can’t see you. Since you may not always be able to tell if you’re in the path of another motorist’s blind spot, look for signs that the driver might be changing lanes. You may notice signs like:
- The turn signal is coming on.
- The wheels are beginning to turn.
- The driver is checking their mirrors for blind spots.
One of the leading causes of motorcycle collisions is speeding or failing to reduce speed whenever unsafe road conditions are present. If you or another driver is speeding, it may be more difficult to react in time to avoid a collision. The higher the speed, the more severe the accident can be.
Driving under the influence
Unfortunately, many drivers think they’re capable of operating a vehicle after they’ve had too much to drink. Drunk drivers can put motorcyclists at serious risk of injury or death. In every state, drivers who cause wrecks because they’re under the influence can face both criminal and civil liability.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, dealing with the aftermath can be difficult. An at-fault driver may be responsible legally and financially for your damages. You may want to consider speaking to an experienced attorney about pursuing compensation.