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Motorcyclists vulnerable to motorists’ negligence

If you spend any amount of time on Southern California roadways, you have probably been involved in or witnessed a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle collisions occur all the time and often have catastrophic consequences for motorcycle riders and their families. In fact, the attorneys at Harting, Simkins & Ryan, L.L.P., handle many cases where a lack of attention and/or awareness on the part of motorists contributes to serious and fatal injuries for unsuspecting motorcyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognizes that many preventable motorcycle accident incidents occur when motorists fail to give the right-of-way to smaller vehicles on the road. Whether they mean to or not, motorists are known to ignore the presence of motorcycles and even refuse to follow the law and give them the right-of-way in some cases. That is why the NHTSA is promoting efforts to increase driver awareness of motorcycles across California and beyond.

While you and other motorcyclists are advised to make your presence known on the road and remain as visible as possible, federal agencies note that motorists can and should do more to be aware of their surroundings. For instance, a motorist should acknowledge the blind spots associated with his or her vehicle and always be aware that a motorcycle could be just out of view. Another major aspect of preventing a motorcycle collision is limiting driver distractions, such as cell phones and loud music.

If you or a loved one were involved in a preventable motorcycle crash, you may have questions about why and how the collision occurred. Visit our web page today to learn more about driver negligence and liability.

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