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Rev your engine but make sure you read these safety tips first

Perhaps one of your resolutions for the new year includes taking more time for leisure. If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, you may also have your mind set on taking a few road trips; after all, the California climate is often perfect for such hobbies. Being on the back of your bike may be just the ticket to getting more rest and relaxation in your free time.

Whether you ride alone or with a group of friends, it's a great way to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine as long as you stay safe. While it may be tempting to see just how fast you can go, it's definitely not the wisest choice if adhering to traffic and safety regulations are a priority. Then again, no matter how cautious you are, there's not much you can do about fellow motorists. All it takes is one poor choice on another person's part to land you on the injured list.

Tips to help you reach your destination safely

By virtue of the fact that your body is exposed to the elements (and the road) on the back of a motorcycle, you're automatically at higher risk for injury if a collision occurs. The following reminders may help keep you and your passengers safe:

  • Two hands on your handlebars at all times: Keeping both hands at the helm of your motorcycle increases your chances of avoiding collision. Your reaction time and ability to quickly maneuver your vehicle increase when you use two hands.
  • Keep your eyes ahead: Avoid looking down directly in front of your motorcycle while riding. It's better to keep your eyes on the road at a distance above and ahead of your handlebars.
  • Check mirrors often: Cautious drivers know that keeping their eyes on the road helps them stay safe; however, you also want to remember to check your mirrors and stay aware of your surroundings, especially when riding a motorcycle.
  • Avoid distraction: Many states now have laws against using handheld electronic devices while driving. If you hope to stay safe on a motorcycle, you will want to keep this safety measure in mind at all times.

Your chances of avoiding collision are always best if you stay aware, anticipate potential problems and stay alert and ready to quickly react if necessary. Even the best motorcycle skills are not always enough to avert disaster, however, especially if a nearby motorist is negligent.

California motorcycle accident victims often have long, difficult recoveries as injuries suffered from the back of a motorcycle tend to be quite severe. Beyond physical recovery, many people also pursue legal accountability against those deemed responsible for their injuries.

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