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Tips to Improve Your Visibility on a Motorcycle

Increase Your Visibility and Decrease the Risk of an Accident

Tips to Minimize the Risk of a Motorcycle Accident

MotorcycleEven with the national campaigns to increase awareness of motorcyclists on America’s roadways, far too many bikers are hurt every year by motorists who claim they “just didn’t see them.” While you can never control what another driver will do, as a biker, there are some specific measures you can take to help increase your visibility and reduce the risk of serious injury.

Stay Out of Blind Spots

Every driver has some type of blind spot—more often than not it’s on the driver’s side of the car. Don’t linger alongside a vehicle. If you need to be in the blind spot, move through it as quickly as you can. If a driver won’t let you move through a blind spot, or if there’s no place to go, stay back until you can safely pass.

Take Steps to Increase Your Visibility

Bright clothing or reflective gear can enhance your visibility, particularly if it’s overcast. It’s also a good idea to put your high beams on or use fog lights, if you have them.

Take Extra Precaution at Dusk and After Dark

The single light from a motorcycle headlight can be especially difficult to see in your rear-view mirror after dark. Increase your distance, use your high beams, or even flash your lights at the cars in front of you.

In addition, driving at sunset can be particularly treacherous. Drivers looking into a direct sun at dusk will have a difficult time seeing you. While you may not be able to avoid driving at these times, you can pay closer attention to everything around you.

Contact Our Office

At Weber & Nierenberg, we have fought for the rights of motorcycle accident injury victims in San Francisco and the surrounding communities for almost 30 years. What sets us apart from our competition is our strong commitment to personal service and attention. We will carefully listen to your story, so that we can learn the specific details of your case and tailor our representation to get the outcome you seek. We will assign an attorney to work directly with you at all times, someone who will aggressively protect your rights in all circumstances.

For a free initial consultation with an experienced San Francisco motorcycle accident injury lawyer, contact Weber & Nierenberg online or call us at 1-866-288-6010.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Expected to Rise with Lower Gas Prices

Authorities Fear that Cheap Gas Will Lead to Increase in Traffic Accidents

Car accident sceneFor the last three months, gas prices have been at their lowest point since 2009. Not surprisingly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009 was also the last high point for traffic accident fatalities nationwide.

Officials say it’s actually a simple equation. As gas prices go down, more people drive and they tend to drive longer distances. In many instances, motorists will opt to drive instead of fly, as the price of gas makes a trip by car significantly less expensive than air travel. The more people on the road, the greater the number of motor vehicle accidents, assuming the rate of collisions remains the same.

In a study conducted by professor, Guangqing Chi, in the Social Studies department at South Dakota State University, researchers concluded that, if gas prices remain at or around $2 per gallon for the entire year, the nation could see an additional 9,000 traffic deaths in 2015. Chi conducted a study in Minnesota that demonstrated that a twenty cent decrease in gas prices resulted in an additional 15 deaths over the period of one month.

Researchers also believe that younger drivers will make up a disproportionate percentage of the additional fatalities. Chi found that older drivers were less likely to significantly change their driving patterns based on gas prices, as they still needed to drive to work and to take care of family matters. Younger drivers, though, with less commitments and less discretionary income, are expected to drive more as gas prices decline.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 75 combined years of experience to people in and around Northern California & the Bay Area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We place a premium on personal service and attention, taking the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can customize our representation to get the outcome you seek. 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 Bay Area motor vehicle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

 
 
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