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What to Look for in a Motorcycle Helmet

Motorcycle helmets

When it comes to motorcycle safety, your first consideration will typically be your helmet. But there are literally hundreds of different kinds of helmets to choose from, with a wide range of features. How do you know what you need and what’s just window dressing?

First, let’s be clear about what a helmet is and what it can do. It’s essentially a shell around protective material with a hole in the front so that you can see where you are going. The material in the shell can vary, and the inner lining, usually made of Styrofoam, can have multiple layers with varying degrees of density.

Studies have shown that there’s little correlation between the cost of a helmet and how much protection it will provide. Simply put-an inexpensive helmet can provide just as much, if not more, protection than an expensive one. So, instead of looking at the price of a helmet, consider instead the safety standards the helmet meets, as well as whether or not the helmet fits and doesn’t obstruct your view. You’ll want a helmet that you can wear for hours at a time without any discomfort. You’ll also want one that isn’t going to move on you, so put the helmet on and try to twist it. If you can get it on without any tight spots, an it won’t turn, it’s the right size.

Try on every helmet-don’t assume that sizes will be the same from one manufacturer to the next-they’re usually not.

There are two standards that are prevalent with motorcycle helmets-Snell M2010 and ECE 22.05. Independent testing shows that the ECE 22.05 standard offers a lighter, softer and somewhat safer helmet.

In addition, it’s generally in your best interests to get a full-face helmet, as opposed to the 3/ 4 or half helmets many riders wear. Nearly half of all head impacts in a motorcycle accident involve the facial part of the body..Full-face helmets won’t obstruct your view.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around the San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact us online or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Safety Gear for Bikers – Money Well Spent

Motorbike on the road in nature landscape

Whether or not you choose to use a lot of safety gear when you’re on a motorcycle, one thing you can agree on-it ain’t cheap!! Motorcycle safety advocates say that you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500 or more on initial safety gear-a good helmet, boots and protective clothing-when you get your first bike. And, for most, it’s money very well spent.

Your Body Isn’t Built to Ride Unprotected

It may feel great to have the wind blowing off your arms at 70 mph, but your body simply isn’t designed to take that kind of pressure and resistance. In fact, according to most scientific authority, our bodies are built to travel a maximum of 25 mph without some form of protection. Once you exceed that speed, your bones, skin and organs will be stressed beyond capacity. Something that wouldn’t faze you at 10 mph-a pine cone or a large bug-can cause serious injury at 55 mph.

Here’s another scientific fact to consider-if you lose control of your bike and hit the road, you can lose up to an inch of flesh if your bare skin hits the pavement. Never mind the pain-those types of injuries are always highly susceptible to infection.

Still think the cost is too much? Did you hear about the crash Marc Marquez, World Champion MotoGP racer had, when he lost control of his bike while traveling at 210 mph? He walked away from the accident with minor bruises and scrapes. Okay, so his safety equipment cost nearly $7,000. That seems like a small price to pay, given what could have happened.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around the San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Happy Halloween!

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A Checklist for Bikers—More Safety Tips from the Open Road

A Checklist for Bikers More Safety Tips from the Open RoadAs important as it can be to drive defensively and employ other safe driving practices, it’s just as critical that you don’t go out on the road on a bike that’s not road-ready. Here’s a checklist that you should go through every time you get ready to ride.

Before You Get on the Bike

Some of the most important safety measures come before you ever throw your leg over the bike:

  • Check the ground below your motorcycle—Is there anything suspicious on the ground—oil or gas spills or anything that’s fallen off the bike?
  • Are all your lights working properly?—Check your headlights, signals and tail lights, including high beams
  • Tires—Inspect the tread for signs of wear, and make certain there are no cracks or bulges anywhere
  • Fluid levels—Check fluid levels weekly to make certain there are no leaks and that you have ample fluids

After You Get on Your Bike

If everything looks good so far, climb on the bike and test the following:

  • Mirrors—Make certain mirrors are clean and free of cracks, and that they are properly adjusted
  • Clutch and throttle—Rev the engine and release—the throttle should snap back. Also confirm that the clutch engages smoothly.
  • Horn—Make certain it’s working correctly
  • Brakes—Before you pull onto the road, check the front and rear brakes (at a slow speed)

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Simple Steps for Keeping You and Your Motorcycle on the Road

Better Biking Safety Tips from the Open RoadThere’s nothing in the world that can compare to the thrill of taking your motorcycle on the open road…the power of the engine, the wind in your face, the exhilaration when you accelerate. Let’s face it…there’s also the excitement of being directly exposed to the elements. It’s a bit of a trade-off, though, as there’s less to protect you in the event of an accident. But there are many things you can do to minimize the risk of injury. Most cyclists ride for decades without a scrape, but it’s not just luck. They’re paying attention, taking specific measures to make their experience as safe as possible. Here are some simple steps you can take to make certain your memories are always positive.

  • Drive defensively—The most common response from a motorist who causes a motorcycle accident? “I didn’t see the bike.” You can’t ever assume that other drivers are aware of your presence. Be proactive…watch what other drivers are doing, stay out of their blind spots, give plenty of advance warning when you plan to turn or change direction, watch for cars that are turning or stopping
  • Improve your chances of being seen—Take steps to enhance your visibility. Wear bright clothing or reflective tape. Ride with your headlights on. Use hand signals in addition to the signals on your bike.
  • Keep your riding skills sharp—Consider taking a safety class or riding courses to keep your skills honed.
  • Obey the rules of the road—Another major cause of motorcycle accidents—bikers who take short cuts or jockey in and out of motor vehicle traffic. Stay within the speed limit, make certain you stop at red lights and stop signs, and don’t change lanes or pass in no pass zones.
  • Wear protective clothing—Sometimes you can do everything right and still be at risk. That’s why it’s important to wear the right clothing. Leather will minimize the risk of road rash, and good boots and gloves can help you avoid serious injury.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officers Put Spotlight on Motorcycle Safety

Aftermath of a Motorcycle Accident Injury

Citing statistics that show a dramatic increase in motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries in the last decade, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has kicked off a new initiative intended to bolter motorcycle safety. Officials say that a focused “Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation” went into effect on September 19, 2017. The program will see extra officers on duty in areas where motorcycle traffic is heavy and motorcycle accidents have been frequent.

According to officials, since the low water mark of 352 motorcycles deaths in 2010, California has seen a 28% jump in fatalities, with a five-year-high of 453 in 2013. Among the factors contributing to the high fatality rate are speeding, impaired driving and unsafe turning.

Public safety officers offered the following safety tips for riders:

  • Drive at the same speed as others around you
  • Wear clothes that allow you to be seen
  • Always ride with your lights on, even in the day
  • Use your lane to improve your visibility

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

In the Aftermath of a Motorcycle Accident Injury

Aftermath of a Motorcycle Accident InjuryAny motor vehicle accident is frightening, but the risk of serious injury is far greater when you are operating or riding on a motorcycle. Here are some of the key things to remember to protect yourself when you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck.

Take Care of Your Health First

The most important thing, after a collision involving a motorcycle, is to get the medical treatment you need. It’s not the time to shake things off or be strong…it’s the time to make certain you don’t take any further unnecessary risk. If you don’t think you can move under your own power, don’t try to do so. Wait until emergency medical technicians arrive and tell them what’s going on. Let them decide whether you need to leave the scene in an ambulance or are able to get up and walk away.

Be sure to tell doctors, nurses and medical professionals about anything that is out of the ordinary. Don’t focus on the obvious injury and ignore the less apparent one. Often, it’s the injuries you can’t see—muscle pulls, connective tissue trauma—that will be the most debilitating. Make certain all medical assessments are documented in writing.

Be Careful What You Say to Insurance Companies

You need to notify your insurance company of the accident, but you want to be careful how much you say. Your insurer has a vested interest in paying as little as possible to settle your claim. You will often be better served to hire an attorney as soon as possible and let your attorney be your liaison with insurance company personnel.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around the San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Bikers Beware – California Highway Patrol Beefs Up Enforcement Efforts

California Highway PatrolIt’s summer in California and, for many, there’s no better feeling than flying down the coast on a motorcycle with the wind in your face. Let’s face it—the scenic beauty and amazing terrain in California are like no other place on earth. Unfortunately, when you’re on a bike, you’re just not as visible as you are in other motor vehicles, and it’s a lot easier to lose control in an emergency. Though statistics show that most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of car and truck drivers, the California Highway patrol has indicated that it will be increasing its efforts to ensure that bikers don’t violate speed limits or other traffic laws.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, local offices of the California Highway Patrol will begin increased enforcement of aggressive driving or speeding laws among motorcyclists, beginning on August 1 and continuing until the end of September. Funding for the program comes from a grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The program will be implemented statewide.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around the San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

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