There are many steps that car drivers and motorcyclists alike can take to prevent collisions on the road. California has the highest number of motorcycles out of any state in the country, with almost 800,000 registered motorcycles on the road today.
Costa Mesa personal injury lawyers have gathered the following tips so all drivers can be prepared for any kind of traffic situation. By following these guidelines, you can protect yourself and other motorists on the road and mitigate the risk of getting into a severe accident.
The number one way to be safe on the road is to always be alert and keep your eyes on the road. Never text or use your cellphone while driving and reduce the number of distractions you experience in your car or on your bike. Distractions can range from other passengers in the car too loud music or even reaching for a drink of water. Stay focused always and be as aware of your surroundings as possible.
Many car and motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. Be especially alert when approaching an intersection, whether it’s a simple stop sign in a suburban neighborhood or a massive roadway with stoplights. Motorcycles can often slip into a car’s blind spot and it can be near impossible to see one approaching from behind. Always look twice before making a sharp turn or merging – it could save a life.
If you are operating a motorcycle, one of the ways you can protect yourself from other cars is to always wear a helmet and clothing that covers your legs and arms. In the unfortunate event that you experience an accident, wearing a helmet can generously protect your head and reduce the likelihood of a concussion or other severe brain damage. Wearing long sleeves and pants protects your skin from the impact on the asphalt, which can spare life-threatening injuries. It’s also beneficial for motorcyclists to wear bright colors and reflective gear at night to be sure they can be seen from a distance and cars are proactively aware they’re approaching.
Sometimes, it is difficult to tell who is at fault in an accident. When this is the case, the common-law doctrine of comparative negligence (or comparative fault) comes into play. In the United States, even if you are partially at fault for a collision, you can receive damages.
If You’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident, You Need Legal Help
Our experienced car accident attorneys will use witnesses and reconstruction experts to build a solid case for you. If the other person involved in the accident doesn’t have insurance, we can check to see if you have an “uninsured motorist” clause in your insurance policy. With this clause, your insurance will step into the shoes of the negligent driver without coverage and compensate you for damages and your insurance rates will not be affected.
If you or a loved one have suffered an accident involved with a motorcycle, contact Sweet Lawyers today for guidance regarding your personal injury claim. Let our experienced car accident lawyers take care of the negotiation between insurance companies. You have nothing to lose, your consultation is free and confidential, and you won’t pay a single penny unless we win your case.