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3 tips for preventing a motorcycle accident

Modern motorcycles are high-performance vehicles with many safety features. However, nothing will ever make an open-air, two-wheeled vehicle without any protection from the elements safer than a car. For this reason, motorcyclists need to be wise and careful in order to avoid a serious accident and injuries. Here are three tips that every Los Angeles biker can do to stay safe.

Stay within your skill level and what fits you when shopping for a new bike. Bikes are more powerful than they were in the past, and riders who haven't been on the road in a long while may be surprised at how much bike you can buy. Make sure that you buy a bike that fits you, so your feet rest easily and flat on the roadway when you're stopped. Make sure the handlebars are easy to hold and that you can reach all of the controls.

Check to see if your bike has antilock brakes. Antilock braking technology can mean the difference between life and death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists with antilock braking systems have a 37 percent less chance of getting into a fatal accident than motorcyclists without it.

Take a motorcycle safety course and take more than one. No motorcyclist, no matter how experienced he or she is, should be on the road without taking regular motorcycle safety courses. These courses teach awesome and effective accident avoidance and driving techniques. Numerous motorcyclists have avoided fatal accidents and are still alive today because they took a safety class. These classes are also fun and a great way to meet new riding friends.

California motorcyclists who were involved in a crash and injured due to no fault of their own may have a viable claim to seek financial compensation in court. If you or a loved one was involved in a serious motorcycle crash, a personal injury lawyer can help you evaluate the merits of your potential claim, in most cases via a free, no-obligation, first-time consultation.

Source: Consumer Reports, "10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders," accessed Jan. 18, 2017

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