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How to ride a motorcycle defensively in California

On Behalf of | May 9, 2017 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Defensive driving is not just for those who drive cars and trucks. It’s also an important skill to have for motorcycle riders. One of the best ways to prevent an accident is by learning how to drive defensively when operating your motorcycle. Here are some tips to teach you how to ride a motorcycle defensively in California.

Defensive driving on a motorcycle is a lot like defensive driving in a car, but you need to take it a little bit further. You must take extra precaution to maximize your visibility to other drivers. It’s very hard to see motorcycles, especially in traffic. The more visible you are to other drivers, the less likely it is for you to be involved in an accident.

Be very careful when passing on a motorcycle. If you can avoid it, do not pass at all. Passing on a blind curve is downright dangerous. Passing at high rates of speed can lead to tragic accidents. Many passing accidents occur when drivers don’t realize a motorcycle is next to them, leading the car to turn directly into them.

Give yourself a constant reminder that you are vulnerable on a motorcycle. The more you realize how vulnerable you are, the more likely you are to make safety a top priority. Do not drive aggressively or use high rates of speed. Take every effort to drive safely in order to avoid getting into an accident.

Intersections are the most common location for accidents involving motorcycles. You must assume that other drivers do not see you and will not stop at a red light or stop sign. If you let your guard down it could lead to an accident. Always give yourself extra time and space when approaching an intersection. It could mean the difference between life and death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our firm to discuss your rights in Manhattan Beach, California, today.

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