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Motorcyclists love the open road but it comes with danger

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There are many reasons why people love to ride motorcycles, especially in Sonoma and Napa counties, where there are many scenic routes that are simply breathtaking. With nature all around, there are few experiences that compare.

However, the other side of the coin is how dangerous motorcycles can be. Responsible motorcyclists take care to protect themselves and others, but they can’t control what other motorists do on the road.

In many accidents involving a motorcycle and some other motor vehicle, the accident is not the fault of the motorcyclist. Commonly, the other vehicle will not see the motorcycle in its path. Another common mistake is that they will make a turn and blindside the motorcycle, which may lead to an accident. In an accident, the motorcycle rider is much more vulnerable than the other driver.

California has a large number of motorcyclists on the roads

California is a very popular state for motorcycle riding for a variety of reasons, including the weather and the scenery. However, with such a large number of motorcycles on California roads, the downside is that there are also a large number of accidents that cause injuries and fatalities. Statistically, California leads all states in the number of fatalities due to traffic accidents as well as numerous injuries from traffic accidents.

The leading causes of accidents involving motorcycles are high speeds, right of way violations, inappropriate turns, drugs and/or alcohol, and changing lanes in an unsafe manner.

Solid advice from a motorcycle accident attorney in California

If you have been in a motorcycle accident with another vehicle and the accident was no fault of your own, it may benefit you to speak with a California attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents. The attorney can guide you through the process and make sure that you take the right steps in the right order to get what you deserve and so you can move on and get a fresh start for you and for your loved ones.