Motorcycle riders in California should know about the common causes of motorcycle accidents. The behavior of other vehicle drivers is sometimes a cause. A car might turn left in front of a rider or change lanes into the motorcyclist. In the former case, an accident can be prevented simply by keeping tabs on what is happening in the road ahead. The latter can be avoided by staying aware of a vehicle's blind spots and situations that might cause an abrupt lane change.
To avoid being hit behind by a vehicle, motorcyclists should make a crumple-free zone. This can be done by pulling in front of a stopped car or pulling over to the side. Motorcyclists can avoid being hit by the door of a parked car by not riding alongside parked cars between lanes.
Sometimes, a motorcyclist's actions lead to accidents. Riding slowly and entering a corner wide can prevent skidding on gravel. Motorcyclists that enter a corner too fast should avoid panicking and ride the corner out. Learning to use the front brake will prevent locking it. Motorcyclists should be also careful in wet or snowy weather. Good tires can help prevent slippage. Groups of motorcyclists riding together can promote safety by paying attention to one another and maintaining a staggered formation. Completing a basic rider course and wearing safety gear can help in a variety of situations.
Unfortunately, even the safest of riders might be injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another motorist despite these preventative measures. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to injury without the added protection of a vehicle around them. The insurance of the driver responsible for the accident may not pay enough to cover the motorcyclist's medical expenses and other costs such as lost wages. In such a case, the injured victim might want the assistance of a personal injury attorney in seeking appropriate compensation from the at-fault motorist.