Motorcycle safety is an essential topic across America, and you will be happy to know that the lives of riders in California were a little safer in 2018 than they were in 2017. Let’s look at a couple of statistics that show how California is improving when it comes to motorcycle safety.
- From 2017 to 2018, motorcycle fatalities on California roadways dropped by 15.57%.
- Over the same time period, helmetless deaths dropped by 33%. That shows riders are taking the responsibility to wear the proper safety gear seriously, and this may have contributed to the improvement in the statistics.
Regardless of the reason that the statistics have improved, we are happy that motorcyclists are safer on California roads. However, hundreds are still killed or injured each year, so now is not the time for the state to grow complacent. Drivers need to stay aware and share the road. And if you ride a motorcycle, please ride safely and always wear your helmet.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California
What can you do if you have been injured in an accident while riding your motorcycle? Petrov Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have the experience that you want in your corner when it comes to maximizing your settlement from the insurance company. From medical expenses and missed workdays to compensation for pain and suffering, we can help you to get what you deserve. Give us a call today at 619.344.0360 to learn what our compassionate lawyers can do for you and your family.Read More
With the shortest day of the year fast approaching, we find ourselves on the roads after dark more and more. If you are a motorcycle rider, how can you protect yourself during the more dangerous after dark hours? Here are three things that could save your life.
- Take the Best Route – During the day, feel free to take the scenic route. At night, the most important thing is visibility. You don’t get a lot of light from the single headlight on a motorcycle, so well-lit roads are the best for seeing obstacles. Well-lit areas also give you the best chance of other drivers seeing you.
- Wear Reflective Clothing – If you are wearing all black on a black bike, other drivers are likely not to see you even on a decently lit road. Especially at night, you want to have something reflective on you and on your bike. When another driver’s lights are on you, they should be able to see you right away.
- Ride Slow – Speeding is the most common cause of accidents for drivers of just about any type of vehicle. You should always obey the speed limit, but be sure to drive the right speed for the conditions (darkness, bad weather, etc.) even if that means going a little slower than you prefer.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers in San Diego
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident in the state of California, especially if you are in the San Diego area, contact the personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm. We have the experience and know-how to ensure your settlement includes compensation for all of your injury-related loses. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 now.Read More
Lane-splitting is a controversial topic in the state of California, especially since legislation was recently passed that basically legalizes it without saying so directly. At the same time, there aren’t a lot of rules in place regarding this dangerous practice. If you choose to drive your motorcycle in this manner, here are a few tips that may help to protect you.
- Beware of Mirrors – Car mirrors are basically your worst enemy while lane-splitting because they can suddenly swing in from either side. If a driver is stuck and traffic and wants a better view of what’s up ahead, he is unlikely to check for a lane-splitting motorist beforehand, so have to be ready to maneuver quickly.
- Don’t Ride the Paint – This is especially true when the roads are wet. The paint gets slick first. So even when driving between cars, try to avoid riding the dashed line directly and keep to one side or the other.
- Stick to a Lane – Adding to the danger of lane-splitting is switching between which lanes you are splitting. Try to pick a lane and stick to it so cars up ahead at least have a chance of seeing you and giving you room.
If You Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
The fact is that if you are in an accident while lane-splitting, you are not necessarily at fault since there is no particular law against it. However, you may need help in defending yourself against an insurance company that wants to pin the blame on you and refuse to payout. Petrov Law Firm can help you to seek a settlement for your injuries. We have experienced personal injury attorneys who can help you to get the law on your side. Contact us today at 619-344-0360.Read More
Motorcycle accidents result in thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year in Southern California. We would like to provide our readers with 5 helpful suggestions to keep you safe on the road this summer.
- Practice Defensive Driving – While motorists should look out for motorcyclists, many have never ridden a motorbike and are unaware of the differences in handling and braking. To protect yourself, you have to watch out for other drivers and expect them to pull out in front of you or not see you passing.
- Keep Your Bike in Top Condition – Any vehicle becomes dangerous if it is not kept in top working order, but even more so with a motorcycle. Be sure to keep tires properly inflated, check your lights, turn signals and horn regularly to make sure they all work, and never ride if the brakes are not functioning optimally.
- Wear Protective Gear – No matter how confident you are in your riding ability, never get on the road without your helmet. Full-face helmets offer the best protection. Gloves, a reinforced jacket, and full-length pants can make a big difference in the outcome of an accident. You should consider wearing reflective clothing if you will be out after dark.
- Check the Weather – Motorcycles become exponentially more dangerous in inclement weather. Always check the forecast before you leave to make sure you will arrive safely before any bad weather hits. If you do get caught out in the rain, be sure to dial everything back and leaves lots of extra braking room or find a safe place to pull off the road until the storm is over.
If You Are Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Petrov Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys can help you to receive the settlement you deserve from the insurance company to cover your medical expenses and other damages. Call 619-344-0360 to get started today.Read More
Head injuries are the primary form of trauma to look for after a motorcycle accident. Even if you feel fine at the scene, it’s still a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional. If you’ve been in an accident, even if you were given a clean bill of health initially, here are a few signs that indicate things are not okay.
Signs of a Concussion or Other Head Injury
Here are four warning signs that you may have suffered a greater injury than you thought:
- Nausea and vomiting – Granted, anxiety related to an accident can cause this condition as well, but you should see a doctor to rule out internal bleeding.
- Sudden exhaustion – If you are struggling to stay awake immediately following an accident, that’s a bad sign. The adrenaline from the traumatic experience should have you wide awake.
- Problems with speech – If you are suddenly experiencing difficulty coming up with the right word or people say your sentences sound like nonsense, it could be a sign of a traumatic brain injury. Concussions often cause problems with speech or language.
- Concentration issues – If you are suddenly having trouble concentrating after the accident or you find yourself just wandering aimlessly, this could indicate head trauma.
Seeking Due Compensation After a Head Injury
Be sure to contact us at the Petrov Law Firm if you have been in a motorcycle accident in southern California. You can reach our experienced personal injury attorneys by calling 619-344-0360. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve after a head injury.Read More