Avid bikers may tell you that there is something very special about being on the road on a motorcycle -- a feeling of freedom. While motorcycles are fun to ride, it requires a certain degree of awareness of your surroundings to stay safe. There are a number of hazards on roads across California that may cause bikers serious injuries if these go unnoticed.
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.
Although property owners and landlords in California must maintain their premises in ways that would not threaten the safety of visitors who lawfully enter their properties, this is often not the case. Countless incidents occur every year in which slip-and-fall incidents cause serious injuries. Most people know that the property owner can be held responsible if there is proof of negligence, but many myths exist, making people doubt the viability of their claims.
An accident between a motorcycle and a car on a recent Sunday evening in July left one person seriously injured and another dead. The accident provides yet another example of the vulnerability of bikers when involved in motorcycle accidents. In most instances, things turn out badly for those on the motorcycle.
Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two cars on the street. What you may not know is that lane splitting is illegal in California, until now. This post will go over the dangers of lane splitting and how it is treated in California law.
ATVs, or "all-terrain vehicles," are a type of four-wheeled vehicle used for both work and recreational purposes. People often drive them around at moderately high speeds for pleasure. Additionally, farmers will use ATVs to get around their properties to inspect crops, livestock, and other farm duties. ATVs, while not as ubiquitous as cars, have their place and use.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) collects data on a variety of accidents involving a range of vehicles, from trucks to ATVs. The IIHS collects this information to inform the government, the insurance and car industries, and everyday people. The latest year IIHS has available on motorcycle/ATV accidents is 2014, and this post will discuss their findings.
Motorcycle accidents are quite common in the U.S. Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to injuries and unseen dangers than automobile drivers. This is because there is no substantial barrier between the rider and the road. If you are a motorcycle rider, you should be aware of your legal rights in case of a traffic accident.
You are cruising to work on your motorcycle on the same road you always travel on and suddenly, you are hit by an oncoming vehicle. You are suffering debilitating and serious injuries, which can affect you from functioning as you previously did prior to your accident. You might be struggling to perform your normal routine, which includes driving the kids to work, running errands, concentrating and maintaining focus, and completing daily tasks. The other party claims that it was an unintentional accident, meanwhile your injuries have worsened.
Many states, including California, have mandatory helmet laws for motorcycles. It may seem like government overreach and a "nanny" state, but it is done to encourage people to ride their motorcycle safely. Regardless of your opinion, if you are caught without a helmet, it could result in a ticket. Aside from the safety aspect, absence of a helmet could be used by the defendant to reduce the money that he or she owes you.