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Tips for Bikers and Motorists During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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CA injury attorneyThe temperate climate in San Jose makes it perfect for motorcycling enthusiasts, who will find plenty of people who share their passion for riding throughout the Bay Area. Poker runs, group rides, and other biker events pick up speed throughout the state over the summer months. Unfortunately, more bikers on the road means an increased risk of motorcycle accidents and injuries. The month of May is designated as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which makes it a good time for motorcyclists and other drivers to brush up on safety tips.

Brush Up on Your Motorcycle Skills

Whether you just bought your first motorcycle or having plenty of years riding under your belt, taking the time to polish your skills and brush up on road safety tips is a smart idea. The California Department of Motor Vehicles advises all riders to take a motorcycle safety course. It will cover topics such as riding during adverse weather, traveling through different road conditions, and how to handle when sudden or unexpected events arise. An added benefit to taking a class is that it can also lower your insurance premiums.

Aside from honing your biker skills, there are simple steps you should take to protect yourself before any ride. These include making sure your motorcycle is properly maintained and investing in the appropriate safety gear. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce your risk of debilitating and potentially life threatening injuries if a crash or collision does occur. In addition, wear long pants or jeans, motorcycle boots, protective eye gear, and riding gloves at all times. Other ways you can protect yourself on the road include:

  • Avoid speeding and driving too fast for conditions;
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals;
  • Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times; and
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

Steps Other Drivers Can Take

Statistics from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) indicate that there are roughly 40 motorcycle accident deaths that occur in Santa Clara County each year. In many of these cases, it is the actions of other motorists on the road which are to blame.

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, drivers can help by being alert to motorcyclists and giving them the same respect they would any other vehicle on the road. To reduce the risk of collisions, the U.S. Department of Transportation urges drivers to follow these tips:

  • When going around curves near motorcyclists, be careful not to overlap into their lane;
  • Give motorcyclists behind you plenty of warning if you intend to stop, pass, or make a turn;
  • Double check blind spots, where motorcyclists can disappear from view; and
  • Avoid aggressive driving behaviors, such as following motorcycles too closely.

Contact Our Bay Area Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

In the event of a motorcycle accident, the Jachimowicz Law Group can advise you on how to get compensation for your injuries. Call 408-246-5500 or contact our dedicated San Jose personal injury attorneys online to request a consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.transportation.gov/connections/may-motorcycle-safety-awareness-month

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/2011mc_safety

https://www.ots.ca.gov/media-and-research/collision-rankings-results/?wpv-wpcf-year=2016&wpv-wpcf-city_county=Santa+Clara&wpv_filter_submit=Submit

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