Motorcycles are some of the most exciting and exhilarating vehicles on the road because of the feeling of freedom and the sense of speed they give to the rider. However, they can also be among the most dangerous vehicles on the road because they offer no protection to the rider and their smaller size means that drivers may not always be able to see them. It is up to drivers to be more careful and attentive to motorcycle riders, but motorcyclists also have a responsibility to ride safely and carefully.
Safe riding will help ensure the safety of riders and reduce the risk of accidents, it means that if a rider does get into an accident, then there is a very good chance that the driver will be the one responsible. That means the motorcycle rider will have a very good chance of receiving compensation for their losses in such an event. But if the accident happened in Santa Barbara, then an injured motorcyclist will have the best chance of receiving the compensation that they need by hiring an attorney from Maho Prentice, LLC.
That is because we are a personal injury law firm that has decades of experience with motorcycle accident cases. We know that accidents can happen even if riders are careful, and we know how devastating a motorcycle accident can be. That is why we are dedicated to helping motorcyclists as much as possible by helping them get the compensation that they need. So if you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara, then contact Maho Prentice, LLC to get the help you need.
How Much More Dangerous is a Motorcycle?
A motorcycle is more dangerous than an enclosed vehicle because the rider does not have any protection besides what they are wearing. That means if a rider gets into an accident, they are far more susceptible to serious injuries than someone in a car. Also, a motorcycle is much smaller than a car, so drivers may not notice a motorcycle when they are changing lanes or making a left turn, which can be dangerous for riders. All of those facts mean that a motorcycle is far less safe than a car or any other kind of enclosed vehicle.
The Principles of Motorcycle Safety
Motorcycle safety is important because riders need to know how to operate their vehicles safely if they want to avoid any accidents. A safe rider follows the rules of the road and wears the proper safety equipment in order to keep themself, and everyone else on the road safe. There are many things that a motorcycle rider can do to keep safe on the roads, including abiding by the following principles.
Get Properly Licenced
Every state requires that a motorcycle rider obtain a motorcycle license before operating their vehicle on the roads. That means riders will learn all of the rules pertaining to motorcycles and learn to ride their motorcycle safely. That knowledge can help to keep drivers safe and on the right side of the law. So even as the motorcyclist gets more experienced and confident, they will still have the basic knowledge of how to ride lawfully and safely.
Check Your Motorcycle on a Regular Basis
Safety is important no matter what kind of vehicle a person is driving, but it is especially important for a motorcycle rider because an equipment failure could have devastating consequences. That is why motorcycle riders should check or have a professional check all of the important components of their motorcycle on a regular basis. Tires and brakes are vitally important, of course, but so are the lights since one of the problems for motorcycles is that drivers sometimes fail to notice them.
A motorcycle rider has the responsibility to make sure that their bike is in good working condition whenever they go for a ride. If they are carrying some kind of cargo, then they should make sure that it is properly secured and loaded so that it does not create an imbalance that might adversely affect the handling of the motorcycle.
Wear The Right Protection
While motorcycle riders have minimal protection when compared to people in enclosed vehicles, that does not mean that they do not have any protection. A helmet is the most important form of protection of course, and the rider should always wear a helmet regardless of their level of confidence. Not only does a helmet protect the rider’s head, but it is also required under California law.
The helmet should be comfortable and snug, not too tight, and not too loose. The helmet should be US DOT (Department of Transportation) compliant, should not have any cracks or defects, and should be securely fastened. If the helmet has a face shield, then it should be shatter-resistant and provide clear visibility. If the helmet does not have face protection, then the rider should also have some kind of eye protection like goggles.
Riders should also wear clothing that covers their limbs, and it should be made of a thick, durable material like leather or denim. Shoes or boots should cover up the toes and should ideally go over the ankle. Gloves are not necessary, but they can add an extra layer of protection under certain circumstances. Clothing should be comfortable but not so loose-fitting that it flaps in the wind.
Make Sure Passengers are Safe
Motorcycle passengers should follow the same safety procedures as the rider, including wearing a helmet and the right kind of clothing. They should make sure that their feet are on footrests at all times, and they should keep their legs away from the muffler. A passenger should hold on to the hips, waist, or belt of the rider and should avoid moving around too much. The passenger should lean when the rider does and should not dismount until the rider says that it is safe to do so.
Follow the Rules of the Road
Motorcycles tend to have many of the same rules as cars, but there are rules unique to motorcycles, such as the rules governing lane splitting. Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides in between lanes of traffic, usually when the traffic is stationary or slow-moving. Lane splitting is legal in California, but riders are still encouraged to use caution when attempting such a maneuver.
Do Not Ride Under the Influence
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is always a bad move, and it is even more so when it comes to riding a motorcycle. The dangers that come with driving under the influence are exacerbated when it comes to riding under the influence because an intoxicated motorcyclist could end up hurting themselves very badly.
Contact Maho Prentice, LLC If You Were in a Motorcycle Accident
If you follow all of the principles of motorcycle safety, then you will reduce the risk of getting into an accident. But if you do get into a motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara, then you should contact us at Maho Prentice, LLC. Any of the highly experienced personal injury attorneys at our law firm is capable of helping motorcyclists who were injured due to the negligence of a driver. We can help you to get the compensation you need to take care of the special or general damages caused by the accident.
Special damages are measurable financial expenses like medical bills, lost wages, or repair costs. General damages are non-financial losses like pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, emotional trauma, and so on. We know that special and general damages are both very important, which is why we fight to make sure that our clients are compensated for both of them. So if you were injured in a Santa Barbara motorcycle accident, contact Maho Prentice, LLC to get the help that you need.