It’s always said that “It’s not the matter of ‘if’ you go down but ‘when’ you go down while riding a motorcycle.” Below we will talk about some of the most common ways motorcyclists end up in motorcycle accidents and some tips on how to avoid them yourself.
While it is possible to survive a head on collision on a motorcycle you most likely won’t. Most causes of a head on collision on a motorcycle is from passing others, especially on a two-lane highway. Many motorcyclists will get impatient and decide to shoot gaps and get to their destinations as soon as possible only to find out they didn’t obey the laws of the road and end up in a fatal accident. Best possible way to avoid head on collisions is to obey the law an pass where appropriate, maintain a safe speed, visually see what’s in front of you and keep in control of your motorcycle.
Drinking Alcohol plays a huge factor in motorcycle accidents. Majority of motorcycle accidents that have occurred are caused by drunk riders and drivers. Never drink and ride! Drinking makes you impaired and unable to control a motor vehicle, being a motorcycle or a car. Don’t ride in the late hours of the night when people are more inclined to drink and drive. This is just common sense.
Left-hand turns do not mean that the motorcyclist is making a left-hand turn but a vehicle at an intersection is turning left, going through lanes of traffic. This is a very common cause of motorcycle crashes and accidents. Although it is the responsibility of the driver making the left hand turn to make the turn safely it is possible to avoid being hit. Always look many seconds ahead and check for signs of a car making a left-hand turn. Check to see if the driver sees you, slow down until you know the driver sees you. Try riding closer to traffic where the driver can see the traffic coming. Ride with your headlights on always, even with high beams on to increase visibility.
Drivers are not all programmed to see motorcyclists whizzing by them. A lot of drivers do not like motorcyclists flying by them especially at high rates of speed. A motorcyclist typically changes lanes a lot more than cars and trucks and have a higher percentage of not being seen. Some of the best ways to prevent accidents while lane-splitting is to split only at slower speeds, watch for blinkers from others, always be ready to stop, avoid riding on the painted lines, especially when wet, be aware of motorcyclists coming from behind and in front.
Gravel or objects in the Road
Loose material is a major factor of why motorcyclists slide out and go down. Gravel on roads and debris from other vehicles and accidents are a cause of why motorcyclists lay their motorcycles down but it can be prevented. Most of the time it is not the debris and gravel that cause the accident but the speed of the motorcyclist. Speed increases the chances of sliding out especially when debris and gravel are present. Do not ride into corners blindly or at high rates of speed. Make sure you can visibly see what is on the road ahead.
Your chances of having a motorcycle accident are a significantly higher if you are a first year rider. Whether you ride on the roads or off the road, your capabilities will increase with experience. You must understand what your capable of riding. For a beginner we would never recommend a sport bike but to go with a bike that has a simple engine size ranging from 250cc to 400cc and to also ride only in suburbs where less cars are present. Once your ability to ride develops and ready to move up classes we would recommend an engine size between 400cc-600cc and then moving up to any size that is comfortable once you mastered the previous motorcycle sizes. We also do not recommend purchasing a brand new motorcycle for a beginner motorcyclist. As a rule of thumb, don’t expect your first motorcycle to last forever.
You come to an abrupt stop and then bam, the car behind you sends you flying into the car in front of you. It happens more than you think. Drivers become distracted easily, whether it be kids, the radio or a cell phone, you need to always see what is going on behind you. Every time you come to a stop always check your rear view mirrors. Be aware of your surroundings, keep your bike in gear, just in case you need to get out of the way. Do not stop directly behind a car but off to the sides.
When it rains the worst time to be out riding is in the first hour after it starts raining. Loads of oil from the roads come up from the cracks and make it slippery to ride. Not only that but the paint and man-hole covers become slippery to ride as well. Be sure to have appropriate tires with good tread on them to avoid skidding and sliding on the surfaces. Also dont ride through a storm or heavy rain fall. Visibility is sure to be a problem as well as hydroplaning through puddles. Go slow and ride smart.
Group Rides can be an enjoyable time being out with your friends and buddies for a cause or just for the heck of it. Riding in groups can be just as dangerous if not done properly. Know group riding etiquette and ride safe for yourself and the others you are riding with. We recommend that you ride in small groups or even alone to prevent any accidents from happening. Know the people that are in the group and ride at a good distance away from each person and don’t ride with idiot friends, you know, the ones showing off and being the cause of the accidents in the first place. Be smart and ride safely.
Opened Car Door
You are riding down the road and notice a big area you could ride through to get around the traffic, it’s just between active moving cars and many parked cars. Then Gary opens his door to get out and bam, you are on the ground. We have all seen in happen in the movies, the Italian Job, the Bourne Movies, James Bond. Don’t think about doing it yourself, those movies are all planned but in reality you can do yourself a favor and just don’t do it. Not just doors but cars are trying to get out of their parking spot, people are putting things away in their cars, pedestrians are poking their heads out trying to get to the other side. Leave that lane open and be safe.
I am sure there are many more causes of motorcycle accidents but these are some common California causes of them. If you are ever in an accident that is not your fault or think is not your fault please contact The Reinecke Law Firm today at 1(800)275-8326. We only deal with motorcycle accidents and we have dealt with more than 2500 accident cases and we have over 25 years of experience. Contact us today for a free case review.
Technology is being enhanced everyday and lucky for us many advances allow us to be safer and more aware than ever. We will take a look at a few modern technologies that are designed for motorcycle safety beginning with some airbags.
‘Airbags for motorcycles’? You read that right. Some newer Honda Goldwings are equipped with a head on airbag for head on collisions but what about the other thousands or millions of riders not riding the Goldwings? In the last decade or so a few manufactures have created a jacket that inflates as to be an airbag. The airbag jackets are convenient and somewhat stylish, comparatively inexpensive, and quite amazing at saving your life.
Take a look below at this video of a motorcycle jacket airbag
It is quite amazing to know that may save a life and hopefully multiple lives from the hard impacts that motorcyclists have to deal with when caught in a crash.
Another airbag technology that is coming out are helmet airbags. The helmet airbags for now are mainly for bicyclists but are still being developed for motorcyclists. This would help visibility to the motorcyclists as they are often focused in a tunnel vision and have a hard time with their peripherals or even windscreen glares. I still don’t know if I would trust to without a hard helmet but it would be nice to have both available as double safety would be nice.
See the video below for a demonstration.
Other technology with motorcycle safety has a lot to do with lighting on the bike and the person. A lot of times motorcyclists can slow down quicker making it difficult for motorists to avoid them and sometimes motorists don’t realize they are slowing down at all. Some new technology with lights displayed on the back of a helmet may help people behind that they are braking. There are other lights such as LED lights that flash when braking can help drivers know they are slowing down. What about for the front of the motorcycle? Some motorcycles have LEDS in the front of the motorcycle and others even have lights that turn when the motorcycle leans to and from directions, they can follow the position of the motorcycle just as some lights follow the directions they are steering.
The Reinecke Law Firm always wishes all riders, big or small, beginner or experts, to always wear safety gear when riding. You can never predict an accident but you can always be prepared for one. The Reinecke Law Firm has been helping riders and their families around California for over 25 years. If you are ever in an accident that you know is not your fault we are here to help you claim what you deserve. Call us today at 1(800)275-8326.
Monday March 21st 2016 a motorcycle accident was reported and confirmed on the I-15 traveling Northbound at around 9pm. Rider George Gabriel Gonzalez of Lake Elsinore was riding at high speeds when he rear ended a car.
Gonzalez was taken to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where an hour after the crash he died. Police suspect that he was riding with another rider when he crashed.
Police are looking for more information concerning the crash and the other motorcyclists who could have been with him. If you know of any more information please contact the Racho Cucamonga CHP office at (909) 980-3994.
We send our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of George Gabriel Gonzalez. The Reinecke Law Firm has been helping the communities, motorcyclists and their families for over 25 years with Motorcycle injuries and accidents. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that is not your fault, give us a call at 1(800)275-8326.
Lately there has been a lot of hype about these new mini street legal motorcycles starting out with the Honda Grom. When it first appeared the Grom made big highlights being the smallest legal motorcycle to drive on the highways enabling beginner riders to experience life on a motorcycle.
Soon there will be Kawasaki’s version of the Honda Grom roaming around the streets here in the United States. Kawasaki’s version of the bike will be called the Z125 and will also come with a 125cc motor like the Honda Grom itself. All though these are new in the United States they have been appearing in other countries such as Thailand and Japan which have had great success.
These little tike bikes are easy to handle, have enough power to get you going and they are even considered to have two seats. They are quite affordable at around a $3000 price tag and are great fun to getting around town. There are so many benefits to the two motorcycles because of their size, you can virtually park anywhere, get around efficiently running on pennies for gas, and are sporty enough to put a smile on anyone’s face that rides or sees them.
The question of how will the two brands of motorcycles compare and which one will consumers like more? If you are wondering about the specifications of the motorcycles you may take a look here. Honda Grom. Kawasaki Z125.
Another question can be asked about whether Suzuki, Yamaha, or KTM or any other motorcycle company will create a mini legal motorcycle. Be sure to check your local motorcycle shop for more information.
Here in the United States there have not been much said about Motorcycle Taxis as they are considered dangerous and would require everyone to wear motorcycle approved helmets. But in other countries Motorcycle Taxis are the best and easiest way to navigate around and through big congested cities.
Countries such as Brazil, India, Japan, and many more that I could probably not pronounce, use motorcycles as taxis since they are cheap, quick, and fun. Getting to and from work would nearly cost you less than a dollar or two and you wouldn’t need to worry about parking or getting stuck in traffic before or after work.
World Moto is the company that is taking over the motorcycle taxi service with their technology similar to Uber but made for safety as motorcyclists don’t have two hands free as they drive customers around. Moto-Meter is their technology that is making their taxi service reliable for the driver and their customers. It allows the customer see the route the driver took and the right price for the travel costs to confirm the amount to be paid to the driver.
Check out the video below about how it works.
Also be sure to check out their website: World Moto
Although the United States does not have an official motorcycle/motorscooter taxi service a small business in New York has attempted to build a Vespa Taxi service in New York that is supposed to be twice as cheap as getting a regular taxi in the Big Apple. This company is called ‘Motoconcho’, appropriately named after what the service is called in the Dominican-Republic. We will see how this fairs with people here in the United States.
Tom Reinecke is the Founder and Managing Attorney of The Reinecke Law Firm. Since 1987, Tom Reinecke and his professional staff have successfully represented thousands of motorcyclist and their families involved in motorcycle accident and injury cases throughout California. If you have been in a motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law Firm Today at 1(800)275-8326.
This past Sunday, March 13, 2016, a motorcyclist went down after skidding 40 feet trying regain control of his motorcycle to make a U-turn to get onto Pacific Coast Highway was then was ran over by a white Dodge sprinter van that was following right behind him. The Sprinter van fled the seen before emergency help arrived. The van had a black trim and is still trying to be identified.
The Motorcyclist, identified as Joseph Salazar from Mira Loma, was riding a 2016 Harley Davidson when he lost control. His injuries were severe and was rushed to Mission Hospital where he died only 3 hours after the accident occurred.
No other information has been released but these detail. We ask that if you have any information about the White Dodge Sprinter van that you call the Dana Point Police and report that information.
We are always saddened when we hear of there horrific stories and tragic deaths in motorcycles, especially with hit and runs. We pray and hope that these people will turn themselves in and be responsible for their actions. We send our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Joseph Salazar from all of us at the Tom Reinecke Law Firm, helping motorcyclists and their families for more than 25 years.
When riding your motorcycle it’s safe to say that your motorcycle is not the safest thing on the road. You are surrounded by thousands of people and you need to watch head to avoid everyone and everything on the roads. The secret to making it to work and home alive is to always keep your eyes open and ahead of the game. Okay, that’s not really a secret but if you want to be alive and safe you must be able to see what is going on around you and know what’s happening several hundred feet in front of you.
Riding with eyes wide open will give you time to react and make decisions ahead of what you could imagine that can occur at any second. Allowing yourself time and space will make navigating the roads and other drivers safer as well as making your awareness better to be seen.
Being safe is not only about seeing but it is also about making good decisions. Knowing that passing or lane splitting at high rates of speed can be highly unsafe and even fatal when attempted, also knowing the road conditions can be a great influence on how your motorcycle can react in different road conditions. We know motorcycles and motorcyclists are always about speed and cornering and doing stunts, sometimes all the same time but those who continue to push the limits will eventually feel the consequences. Be Smart, Be Aware, and Be Safe.
Here at the Reinecke Law Firm we see lot’s of motorcycle accidents day in and day out. A lot have to do with drivers and not so much the motorcyclists. We hope that drivers stay aware of the motorcyclists especially here in California where lane-splitting is legal and highly used.
If you are new to motorcycle riding we suggest that you take a motorcycle safety course near your place of residence.
If you are looking for an advanced motorcycle course or sportbike racing classes click the link here: SportRiderMag.com
If you are ever in an accident call The Reinecke Law Firm at our toll free phone number at 1(800)275-8326.