Motorcyclists are generally perceived by society as risk takers, people who live on the edge, so to speak. This belief is not entirely inaccurate. All types of people are motorcycle enthusiasts – parents, teachers, business professionals and even attorneys. Many ride throughout their whole lives without ever once being injured. Accidents are not natural, inevitable occurrences; they are often caused by human error.
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents happen due to the negligence of another party. If you have suffered injuries in an accident caused by an inattentive or reckless motorist, you may be able to receive compensation for all related damages from the liable party. The experienced Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys at Crowell Law Offices can help you negotiate a full and fair settlement with the insurance company and get you on the path to recovery. Call us today at (916) 303-2800 for a free case evaluation.
Motorcycle safety starts at the very beginning when you are purchasing your first motorcycle. Some amateur riders want the best immediately; however, they may find themselves in dangerous situations because they are not able to handle the strongest and fastest bikes. You should consider balance and comfort when selecting the motorcycle that’s right for you. Make sure the handlebars are easy to reach. Also make sure that you are able to plant both feet flat on the ground when seated. Invest a little extra in antilock brakes; they can potentially save your life. Take your time, consider your options, and don’t rush the process.
A general rule which applies to nearly everything is this: the more you learn, the better off you’ll be. Search for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course or something similar in your area. You will be taught both basic and advanced techniques which will make you a better and safer rider. The completion of a safety course may also make you eligible for an insurance discount and other perks. There are about 2,700 MSF locations in the United States. For more info, visit http://www.msf-usa.org.
Always, always wear a helmet. You face a significant increase in the risk of suffering serious injury or even death without a helmet. Helmets save lives – it’s an established fact. You will also need a leather or other reinforced jacket, boots, full pants, gloves, and eye protection. All this gear will protect you from the many hazards of motorcycling, including road rash.
While riding, remain aware at all times of the other vehicles and objects around you. Distracted motorists cause the majority of motorcycle accidents. Do not tailgate and do not speed. Allow yourself enough space to react in case of an emergency. Also, avoid riding in stormy conditions. If you need to ride in the rain, perform all maneuvers in a gradual, smooth manner. If strong wind conditions are present, gauge the direction and force of the wind, and position yourself accordingly in case of a push.
Contact the skilled northern California personal injury lawyers at the Crowell Law Offices if you have questions about your legal rights and options after a motorcycle crash. We will thoroughly investigate the facts surrounding your accident, extract and utilize strong evidence and achieve a favorable outcome for your case.