People who frequently drive on California's highways may see some strange things every once in a while. Orange County residents may expect to see an odd billboard advertisement from time-to-time, or even strange looking people riding on the highway in strange looking vehicles. But, nobody could expect to see what one man recently noticed while driving one evening on the freeway.
California motorcycles are not necessarily designed for safety, at least not in the same sense as other motor vehicles. It is no secret that a motorcycle simply does not offer the rider much protection against an impact with another vehicle or with any object. Likewise, road obstacles that would be minor for other vehicles, such as pot holes and uneven pavement, can pose substantial risks to motorcyclists.
Some motorcyclists in Orange County may be acutely aware of the statistics involving severe motorcycle accidents. Other riders, however, may prefer to not think about these numbers that convey the dangers associated with motorcycles. Regardless of whether they are aware of the data or not, all riders should strive to be as safe as possible when on their motorcycles.
Anyone in the Orange County area who rides a motorcycle should be aware of the dangers that they face when riding. Even the most careful and safety-conscious bikers can fall victim to a negligent driver in another motor vehicle. When that happens, the motorcyclist usually suffers serious injuries due to the lack of protection that their motorcycle has to offer. While this is a sobering thought for riders, the good news is that fatal motorcycle accidents are on the decline.
Motorcycle unawareness arises when drivers in other vehicles fail to pay attention to riders near their vehicle. This is an all too common problem for a variety of reasons. For example, many drivers simply are not used to seeing motorcycles on the road. This is because, despite the fact that motorcycles are common, they are not nearly as prevalent as cars, SUVs and trucks. Therefore, drivers can fail to notice the motorcyclist until it is too late and a crash is unavoidable.
When an accident involves a motorcycle, the outcome can be serious injuries or even death for the rider. Motorcycle accidents are a problem throughout the country and Orange County is no exception.
An accident involving a motorcycle and a larger vehicle like a car or truck often ends with the motorcyclist suffering serious injuries or even death. Many of these accidents are the result of the other driver failing to yield to the motorcycle because the driver does not see it. Sometimes, however, the cause of motorcycle accidents is less obvious.
Orange County is home to many motorcycle enthusiasts who frequently ride their motorcycles all throughout the county and the state. Regardless of whether a person rides as a means of transportation, or purely for enjoyment, safety should always be the rider's top priority. Likewise, drivers in other vehicles have an obligation to pay attention to motorcycles and to not operate their own vehicles in a way that would unreasonably risk the safety of people on motorcycles.
Orange County residents who own motorcycles may choose to ride for any number of different reasons. Motorcycles can be a less expensive and convenient method of transportation than larger vehicles. On the other hand, some people just like to get on the road and ride for recreation. Regardless of the person's reason for riding, however, motorcyclists should always take all possible safety precautions when on a motorcycle.
When cars and motorcycles collide, the results are often devastating. When the motor vehicle is even larger, like a minivan or pickup truck, life-threatening injuries or fatalities are almost certain. Motorcyclists have very little protection when they are on the road, which leaves them vulnerable to the other drivers on the road.