Motorcycle Safety & Accident Prevention
Because the risk of serious injury and death is over 30 times greater for motorcyclists than for vehicle drivers and passengers in traffic accidents, the issue of motorcycle safety and accident prevention is paramount. As serious injury attorneys in Santa Ana, we encourage motorcyclists to be proactive about riding safely.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call our Orange County motorcycle crash lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation. We can be reached locally at 714-881-0592 or toll free at (866) 434-1424. You can also contact our California law firm online.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (which is sponsored by motorcycle manufacturers and distributors) research and promote motorcycle safety in a number of ways. Both groups have explored the following motorcycle safety issues in recent years.
The use of helmets is perhaps one of the greatest steps a motorcyclist can take to reduce their risk of injury in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Training Programs
Lack of skill and experience riding motorcycles is a major contributing factor to motorcycle accidents in the United States. In an effort toward accident prevention, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, state governments, and other organizations across the U.S. offer education, training and licensing programs to motorcyclists. Over 3 million Americans have taken the MSF training courses since 1973. This group and others promote rider safety, skills, the use of protective gear including helmets, sober riding, and other safety measures.
Other Motorcycle Safety Issues
Anti-lock brakes on motorcycles. Some studies have found that anti-lock brakes on motorcycles can help to reduce accidents. As any motorcyclist knows, the process of stopping a motorcycle is more complex than stopping a car. With separate brakes for the front and rear tires, motorcycles run the risk of flipping over when a rider brakes too hard. Conversely, not braking hard enough can put a rider in danger on the road. Anti-lock brakes, optional on motorcycles, have been found to reduce accident risks.
Air bags. The first company to offer optional air bags on a motorcycle is Honda Motorcycle Company in 2006. Honda currently offers this motorcycle feature solely on its top line of bikes. Additional companies offer wearable air bags worn inside or outside of a motorcycle jacket. While these motorcycle safety features may reduce the impact of certain accidents, there is currently no data on their effectiveness.
It is crucial to accident prevention and motorcycle safety for motorcycle riders to take the proper precautions to protect themselves. Even with the greatest of precautions, accidents can still happen.
Contact Our Serious Injury Lawyers in Santa Ana
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak with a qualified attorney who can evaluate your case to determine how to protect your rights and recover compensation for your losses and suffering. Please call us locally at 714-881-0592 or toll free at (866) 434-1424 to schedule your free initial consultation. You can also contact us online.