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Be careful: Motorcycle season approaching in Southern California

We're not that accustomed to the rain and chilly temperatures we've experienced in Southern California lately, but take comfort in knowing that spring is just around the corner.

And that means we'll be seeing more and more motorcycles cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway and Interstate 405.

Both automobile drivers and motorcyclists need to stay aware on the road. Remember that cars and trucks have steel and airbags to keep the occupants safe. Motorcyclists have little protection and are far more likely than auto drivers to experience serious injuries.

As we get ready for motorcycle season, here are some facts to drive home just how careful we all must be on Southern California roads:

  • Motorcycle riders are five times more likely to be injured in an accident than someone in a car. They are a whopping 26 times more likely to be killed.
  • In about 66 percent of car vs. motorcycle crashes, the driver of the car caused the accident by violating the motorcyclist's right of way.
  • Since 1999, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents has doubled while car and light truck drivers and passengers have experienced fewer fatalities.

Drivers of vehicles must remember that motorcycles are more difficult to see because they easily can be hidden by other vehicles. This is more of an issue at intersections, where about seven in every 10 motorcycle/vehicle accidents occur.

Driving in Southern California is a challenge any time of the year. But in spring, when motorcycles emerge in greater numbers, all drivers need to step up that effort to pay attention on the roads. Motorcyclists must take caution around cars, and vehicle drivers must check their blind spots and take extra care at intersections.

If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, a negligent driver could be the cause. You should consult with an attorney with experience in such cases to learn what you should do to receive compensation for your injuries.

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