Riding motorcycles can be exhilarating, cost-effective and liberating. Despite such financial and emotional benefits, however, riding motorcycles also comes with a downside, particularly when it comes to the significant risks that these vehicles can bestow on riders.
Specifically, the major risk associated with riding motorcycles comes in the form of getting into serious, potentially fatal traffic accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that motorcycle riders are involved in approximately 11 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. despite the fact that motorcycles only make up less than 5 percent of the registered vehicles on U.S. roadways.
Given these significant risks, it’s vital that motorcycle riders always ride defensively by following these riding safety tips:
- Never ride without wearing a DOT-approved helmet – California law requires all motorcyclists to wear helmets, and these helmets should be approved by the Department of Transportation. Regardless of how far a rider is going, he or she always wear a DOT-approved helmet – not just because it’s the law but also because it could save his or her life.
- Wear other safety gear – In addition to wearing helmets, riders should also wear other safety gear to protect their eyes and limbs in the event they are in a motorcycle accident. Other essential safety gear can include eye goggles or glasses (if a helmet doesn’t have a face shield), riding gloves, boots, and thick jackets and pants. By wearing such gear when riding, motorcyclists can reduce the chances that they’ll sustain serious road burn or other severe injuries if they are in traffic accidents.
Read our upcoming Part 2 of this blog for some more important motorcycle safety tips that can help save riders’ lives.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost a loved one due to any type of traffic accident, you need an attorney who understands personal injury law and knows what steps to take on your behalf. At Binder and Associates, our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys have been committed to aggressively defending victims’ rights and helping people like you in the Los Angeles, California area since 1973. Our thorough knowledge of the law and our fierce litigating skills allow us to consistently help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses.
At Binder and Associates, we take pride in providing individual service and attention to each of our clients, and we are selective in the number of cases we take. This allows us to focus on the issue at hand, attack each case with vigor and provide the highest quality legal work possible. It also allows us to keep each of our clients informed about the status of their cases at all times so that they never feel that they are being left in the dark when it comes to their important legal matters.
To arrange for your free initial consultation during which you will receive trusted advice from an experienced legal professional, please contact our office by calling us at (818) 740-7667