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Follow these motorcycle safety tips this summer

Now that summer is almost in full swing in California, you may find yourself driving your motorcycle as often as possible. It doesn't matter if you're commuting to and from work or taking a trip across the country, there's nothing more important than your safety.

Here are five motorcycle safety tips to follow this summer:

  • Obey all rules of the road: From stop signs to traffic signals, it's imperative to obey the rules of the road, as any violation increases the risk of an accident with another vehicle.
  • Wear the appropriate safety gear: Don't start your motorcycle until you've strapped on all necessary safety gear, such as a helmet, gloves and riding boots. This gear can help prevent serious injury in the event of an accident.
  • Become a defensive driver: There's never a good time to drive aggressively on your motorcycle. Not only does this increase the chance of a crash, but it can also anger other drivers. Defensive drivers are much more likely to avoid trouble on the road.
  • Pay attention to the road at all times: It's easy to become distracted when operating any type of vehicle, including a motorcycle. You must always pay attention to the road and what's happening around you, as this allows you to pinpoint unsafe drivers and make split decisions to maintain your safety.
  • Watch for inclement weather: You never know when the weather conditions will change, such as rain or strong winds moving into the area. If this happens, adjust your driving approach accordingly. For example, wet weather reduces visibility and makes it more difficult to stop your bike. Slowing down can help keep you safe.

These tips will definitely enhance your safety as a motorcyclist, but there's no guaranteed way to avoid trouble. It's always possible another driver could make a mistake that causes a crash.

If you're injured in a motorcycle accident, call 911 and administer first aid until paramedics arrive. The responding ambulance can take you to a local hospital, while police create a report.

Once you receive treatment and begin to make your recovery, it's time to turn your attention to your legal rights. You may be able to receive compensation from the negligent driver.

Visit our website for more guidance on the steps to take if you're injured in a motor vehicle accident.

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