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Motorcycle accidents -- bikers are at so much more risk

Bikers often speak about the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle and the feeling of freedom they experience on California roadways. Unfortunately, there is another less pleasant part to being a biker -- the increased risk of motorcycle accidents. One thing is certain: a biker is also more exposed in case of a collusion.

There are different safety features to protect motorcyclists. First and foremost, is a helmet to protect their heads when they fall or are otherwise involved in an accident. Helmets can prevent serious head injuries, and they are often credited with saving lives.

When a car driver brakes sharply, the wheels may lock up. resulting in a skid. When a bike's wheels lock up, the result is often a serious fall. Antilock braking systems on motorcycles decrease the probability of serious accidents. By fitting ABS brakes on a motorcycle, the risk of a fatal accident is reduced by 31 percent.

There are certain types of motorcycles which place bikers at a greater risk of accidents. Sport bikes have lighter frames and stronger engines than a standard motorcycle, making it easy to reach high speeds very quickly. It is twice as likely that a biker will be killed in an accident involving one of these motorcycles.

It may be helpful to be aware of one's legal rights as well as the remedies available in cases of a serious motorcycle accidents. If negligence proves to be the root cause of a California accident, victims who have suffered serious injuries may choose to file personal injury claims. Families of deceased victims may be entitled to file wrongful death claims. Damages awarded in a successfully presented civil claim may provide the financial relief needed by the victim or the family.

Source: iihs.org, "Motorcycles", Accessed on Aug. 23, 2017

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