October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Smart advice for Orange County motorcyclists
Orange County, California is a motorcyclist's paradise. The thought of riding next to the majestic Pacific Ocean on one side and rolling hills and mountains in the view to the east is unparalleled. A temperate climate only adds to the enjoyment of riding a motorcycle, where it can be done in beautiful weather year-round.
In addition to the pleasures of motorcycle riding, there is an inherently higher risk of serious injuries or even death that comes from riding a motorcycle versus riding in a car, truck or other type of motor vehicle. With less protection and less visibility, motorcyclists must be always vigilant. Knowing the laws and understanding what to do in case of a motorcycle accident
is also vital to ensuring proper protection when needed.
There truly is no substitute for following safe practices and abiding by the laws designed to provide safety for all. Helmets are required for all people on a motorcycle -- whether drivers or passengers -- in the state of California. The law applies also to riders or drivers of low-power cycles.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the following statistics for the year 2011:
-14.8 percent of all state traffic fatalities to have involved motorcyclists.
-20 motorcyclists in Orange County died.
-94 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were known to be wearing helmets.
-231 lives are estimated to have been saved due to helmet use.
-An additional eight lives could have been saved if 100 percent of riders were wearing helmets.
Additionally, the NHTSA reports that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident than drivers or passengers in any other type of motor vehicle. The Center for Disease Control states that helmet use reduces the chance of serious head injury
in a motorcycle collision by up to 69 percent.
Important actions in the event of an accident
While accident prevention is always the ideal, it is not always possible. In the event of an accident with another vehicle, attending to any injuries is always the first priority. Authorities should be contacted and the accident reported as soon as possible. If you are able, take photos of the accident scene and surrounding area. Assuming your cell phone is undamaged, use it to capture as many images as you safely can.
As with any motor vehicle accident, be sure to obtain all necessary information from any other drivers involved. This includes name, address, phone number, email, car license plate and make and model as well as all the insurance company name, policy number and phone number.
Finally, contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in motorcycle accidents. Having a professional that can advocate for you can make the difference between getting the compensation you deserve and not.
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