Riding a motorcycle is popular, but very dangerous, in Southern California. The California Highway Patrol has produced guidelines in an effort to provide useful traffic safety information. While some of the suggestions are common sense, other points are important to review:

Lane Splitting

One of the most dangerous and disruptive actions of motorcycle riders is lane splitting. Also known as lane sharing or filtering it is a confusing section of the law, as California law neither allows or prohibits a motorcyclist sharing a lane with other vehicles going in the same direction within the same lane. Extreme caution should be used as a biker participating in lane splitting. All it takes is for a car to pull out unexpectedly into another lane to cause an accident.

Motorcycle Helmets

California enacted a motorcycle helmet law in 1992. While somewhat controversial, it is a requirement for every motorcycle rider to have a compliant helmet. A helmet is one of the best forms of protection in case of a motorcycle crash. Helmets are designed to absorb the impact of a crash, and hopefully lessen the injuries after a motorcycle accident.

Keep Safety in Mind

It is the responsibility of both drivers and motorcyclists to maintain a safe highway environment. Be alert and courteous while traveling on streets and especially freeways. Keep a safe distance behind any vehicle in front of you. Use the 2-second rule, staying behind the vehicle in front of you. Always wear both a helmet and other protective gear. Do not ever ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

While on the Road

Don’t speed! A motorcycle collision is much more likely than a car crash to cause serious injury or death. Realize that most drivers cannot see you, be aware of blind spots in cars and trucks especially. Weather conditions, road conditions, and traffic can all factor into causing a motorcycle crash.

Know Your Bike

Before you head out on the roadways, be sure you have practiced and know your motorcycle well. Many Newport motorcycle crash victims realize they might have been able to avoid the accident if they had been more familiar with their bike. Practice fast stopping, accelerating, turning and swerving.

If you have suffered injuries after a motorcycle accident, seek immediate medical care. You may not realize how seriously you have been injured. Internal injuries are common and can be deadly.

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