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    Posted on May 17th, 2011

    Written by sslates

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    One of the biggest factors in motorcycle accidents that Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys notice is failure by motorists to yield right-of-way to motorcyclists.  The California Department of Motor Vehicles recommends the following tips for motorists to share the roads safely with motorcycles:

    • When you’re about to change lanes or enter a thoroughfare, check carefully for motorcyclists.  It’s easy to miss a motorcycle because of its narrow frame, and a motorcycle can easily be hidden in your blind spot.  This is why it’s important that you make an effort to look specifically for these vehicles.
    • Allow an adequate following distance between your vehicle and the motorcycle.  Ideally, you should allow a 4-second stopping distance between your car and a motorcycle.  Remember, motorcycles can come to a stop much quicker than your car can, and you run a high risk of hitting the motorcycle if you are tailgating it.
    • If you’re sharing a lane with a motorcycle, never pass the motorcycle in the same lane.
    • Before you make a turn, look carefully for motorcyclists.
    • If you see a motorcyclist, gauge the speed of the motorcycle carefully before turning.
    • When parking, look out for motorcyclists when you open the door.
    • Lane sharing with motorcyclists is not illegal in California, but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe.  Allow motorcyclists a full-lane width for maximum safety.

    Motorcyclists can do their part to prevent motorcycle fatalities and injuries every year by bringing defective road conditions to the attention of the authorities.  Remember, motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of accidents when they run into roads with bumpy surfaces, potholes,  gravel, pavement seams and other defective road conditions.

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