It’s not the matter of ‘if’ you will ever crash on your motorcycle but the ‘when’ you are going to crash. Motorcycles are never the safe way to travel but they sure are a fun way to travel and that is why so many riders risk, day after day, riding thru traffic and getting ahead of the game. It is always important to be safe and wear proper protection when you are riding on the roads with motorists that have an animal like behavior. We don’t hate motorists but we do despise a lot of their driving behaviors, especially when they are not obeying the laws of the roads. Crashes do happen and the injuries that come from them can be felt instant to many years later. Be sure that if you are ever in a motorcycle crash go to the doctors and receive medical help.
Top injuries that are involved in motorcycle crashes range from little bruises to full broken bones and more. Below we will talk about the most common injuries that come from a motorcycle crash.
1. Head Injuries
Your head is the most important part of your body that you need to protect. Your brain is also one of your most important organs that you need to take care of. If you suffer a concussion you could potentially have brain damage or even something potentially worse, fatality. Your neck is also very vital and important because it supports your heavy head from falling over. Neck injuries could cause you to be paralyzed or even killed. Helmets and neck guards are ways to help save you from being seriously injured in a motorcycle crash. Always be sure to ride with them.
2. Road Rash
Many reasons that road rash is a common injury is do to the fact of riders not wearing protective clothing such as a leather suit or pads. Road rash occurs when the body is dragged or slides on the roads causing terrible burns from the pavement. Most of the time a rider loses control of their motorcycle they will end up with road rash on their legs, hands, arms, back and even their stomachs. Leather and pads are the best way to prevent road rashes from happening.
3. Leg Injuries
Your legs and feet take a toll when it comes to motorcycle crashes. A lot of times in crashes legs and feet are crushed to broken and most wont be fatal but if you ignore signs too long you may never be riding again. It is wise to wear boots and guards while riding to prevent less damage that might occur when you have a crash.
4. Biker’s Arm
This is not a common injury non-motorcyclists hear too often. Biker’s arm happens when during a crash the rider uses all his arms to take the impact, including landing after the crash. Permanent nerve damage can come from a small impact. Many biker jackets are fit to prevent this from happening but are not guaranteed to resist it.
5. Muscle Damage
Muscle damage is common when involved in a motorcycle crash. To prevent muscle damage you must ride with proper protection as mentioned above and when involved in an accident go to the hospital to be checked for any muscle damage. If you wait too long you may become paralyzed in those areas and will have a hard time getting around. Another important muscle that you must take care of is your ear drums. Protect them from the increased amount of sound when riding your motorcycle. Wear proper ear plugs that allow you to hear the environment around you.
Remember that if you are ever in a motorcycle crash be sure to go to the hospital first for your injuries. Then call The Reinecke Law Firm to have an evaluation of your motorcycle crash at (800) 275-8326.
Have you ever wondered how motorcycles are built or made? Motorcycles can be both simple and complex in design but many are made the same way that cars are created, in large industrial factories. Many motorcycles are first designed in clay and then in the computer where files can be put into machines to build different parts of the motorcycle. Once the parts are manufactured they can then be put together using bolts and hardware.
This whole process starts with the creation of the aluminum frame, to the assembly of the motor, then to the body and controls of the bike. It is quite amazing how much work goes into assembling just one bike at a time. Take a look below for how a v-twin motorcycle engine is made.
There is a lot more to motorcycles than most people think but I am sure there are many people looking to simplify motorcycles as much as possible. The most simple the motorcycle the less work there is need to be done to it. Choppers are a great examples of being simple motorcycles but are still in need of a lot of work because of their customization. There are many classifications of motorcycles because of their different uses but most of them can relate to being built using the same steps as shown above. Motorcycles range from dirt bike, street cruisers, choppers and bobbers, sport bikes, leisure bikes, cafe racers, enduro, trials and dual sport.
We recommend that you always know the risks in building and modifying a motorcycle. If not done properly you may risk the chance of breaking the motorcycle, voiding the warranty, and even cause a serious accident. We recommend you take your motorcycle to a dealership or a chopper shop to assist you in your motorcycle endeavors.
Remember to always ride full clothed and with proper safety equipment as well as a valid motorcycle license.
If you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident contact The Reinecke Law Firm immediately for a free case evaluation. Our Lawyer Tom Reinecke has worked with thousands involved in motorcycle accidents and knows how to help you with your case. Call (800) 275-8326 today!
So you finally decided to get that sportbike or cruiser that you have always wanted to own but you forgot that you are going to need at least a helmet to enjoy riding it around. You have come to the right place to know what to look for in buying your first brain bucket protector. There are 3 main things you need to know when purchasing a helmet: Getting the right fit, choosing a helmet configuration and considering safety ratings.
Getting the Right Size
This is just a important as getting the right size pants and shoes. Your helmet is good for nothing if it looks good but wobbles a lot on your head. Even a cheap helmet that fits is better than one that doesn’t. If you go to a motorcycle shop to purchase a helmet they might end up asking you what type of head you have. Look below for a good diagram to determine your type of head.
Having the right size helmet will help you be more comfortable when it comes to longer rides and you’ll be more satisfied with the helmet purchased.
Getting the Right Configuration
There are many types of helmets to purchase and many of them are for different types of riding styles. For example, if you have a motorcycle that you plan to take off road and get muddy and dirty then a helmet with goggles would be more your style and fitting while a cruiser motorcycle would have sometimes an open faced helmet with good insulation to keep out wind noise. It all depends on the type of riding that you will be doing. Talk to a motorcycle shop and explain the types of riding you’ll be doing. We always recommend a full face helmet over an open face as they are safer when it comes to highway riding and bugs are not going to be hitting you.
Just because every helmet looks similar to other helmets does not mean that it has a good safety rating. Helmets with a DOT approved sticker on the helmet does not mean that it is a good or great helmet, it just means that it has passed the standard for motorcycle helmets in the United States. SNELL and SHARP are also safety rated stickers for helmets but they don’t just pass the standards for helmets, they are put to the test and exceed them. They are on a pass/ fail tests to make sure the helmets are safe and adequate for the type of riding anyone will do.
The Reinecke Law Firm endorses all motorcyclists to wear a helmet with standard DOT protection. We have seen a fair share of motorcycle accidents and it’s sad to say not everyone wears one and many problems could be avoided had they have been wearing a helmet. If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident that you think is not your fault please contact us today at (800) 275-8326.
It’s always said that “It’s not the matter of ‘if’ you go down but ‘when’ you go down while riding a motorcycle.” Below we will talk about some of the most common ways motorcyclists end up in motorcycle accidents and some tips on how to avoid them yourself.
While it is possible to survive a head on collision on a motorcycle you most likely won’t. Most causes of a head on collision on a motorcycle is from passing others, especially on a two-lane highway. Many motorcyclists will get impatient and decide to shoot gaps and get to their destinations as soon as possible only to find out they didn’t obey the laws of the road and end up in a fatal accident. Best possible way to avoid head on collisions is to obey the law an pass where appropriate, maintain a safe speed, visually see what’s in front of you and keep in control of your motorcycle.
Alcohol plays a huge factor in motorcycle accidents. Majority of motorcycle accidents that have occurred are caused by drunk riders and drivers. Never drink and ride! Drinking makes you impaired and unable to control a motor vehicle, being a motorcycle or a car. Don’t ride in the late hours of the night when people are more inclined to drink and drive. This is just common sense.
Left-hand turns do not mean that the motorcyclist is making a left-hand turn but a vehicle at an intersection is turning left, going through lanes of traffic. This is a very common cause of motorcycle crashes and accidents. Although it is the responsibility of the driver making the left hand turn to make the turn safely it is possible to avoid being hit. Always look many seconds ahead and check for signs of a car making a left-hand turn. Check to see if the driver sees you, slow down until you know the driver sees you. Try riding closer to traffic where the driver can see the traffic coming. Ride with your headlights on always, even with high beams on to increase visibility.
Drivers are not all programmed to see motorcyclists whizzing by them. A lot of drivers do not like motorcyclists flying by them especially at high rates of speed. A motorcyclist typically changes lanes a lot more than cars and trucks and have a higher percentage of not being seen. Some of the best ways to prevent accidents while lane-splitting is to split only at slower speeds, watch for blinkers from others, always be ready to stop, avoid riding on the painted lines, especially when wet, be aware of motorcyclists coming from behind and in front.
Gravel or objects in the Road
Loose material is a major factor of why motorcyclists slide out and go down. Gravel on roads and debris from other vehicles and accidents are a cause of why motorcyclists lay their motorcycles down but it can be prevented. Most of the time it is not the debris and gravel that cause the accident but the speed of the motorcyclist. Speed increases the chances of sliding out especially when debris and gravel are present. Do not ride into corners blindly or at high rates of speed. Make sure you can visibly see what is on the road ahead.
Your chances of having a motorcycle accident are a significantly higher if you are a first year rider. Whether you ride on the roads or off the road, your capabilities will increase with experience. You must understand what your capable of riding. For a beginner we would never recommend a sport bike but to go with a bike that has a simple engine size ranging from 250cc to 400cc and to also ride only in suburbs where less cars are present. Once your ability to ride develops and ready to move up classes we would recommend an engine size between 400cc-600cc and then moving up to any size that is comfortable once you mastered the previous motorcycle sizes. We also do not recommend purchasing a brand new motorcycle for a beginner motorcyclist. As a rule of thumb, don’t expect your first motorcycle to last forever.
You come to an abrupt stop and then bam, the car behind you sends you flying into the car in front of you. It happens more than you think. Drivers become distracted easily, whether it be kids, the radio or a cell phone, you need to always see what is going on behind you. Every time you come to a stop always check your rear view mirrors. Be aware of your surroundings, keep your bike in gear, just in case you need to get out of the way. Do not stop directly behind a car but off to the sides.
When it rains the worst time to be out riding is in the first hour after it starts raining. Loads of oil from the roads come up from the cracks and make it slippery to ride. Not only that but the paint and man-hole covers become slippery to ride as well. Be sure to have appropriate tires with good tread on them to avoid skidding and sliding on the surfaces. Also dont ride through a storm or heavy rain fall. Visibility is sure to be a problem as well as hydroplaning through puddles. Go slow and ride smart.
Group Rides can be an enjoyable time being out with your friends and buddies for a cause or just for the heck of it. Riding in groups can be just as dangerous if not done properly. Know group riding etiquette and ride safe for yourself and the others you are riding with. We recommend that you ride in small groups or even alone to prevent any accidents from happening. Know the people that are in the group and ride at a good distance away from each person and don’t ride with idiot friends, you know, the ones showing off and being the cause of the accidents in the first place. Be smart and ride safely.
Opened Car Door
You are riding down the road and notice a big area you could ride through to get around the traffic, it’s just between active moving cars and many parked cars. Then Gary opens his door to get out and bam, you are on the ground. We have all seen in happen in the movies, the Italian Job, the Bourne Movies, James Bond. Don’t think about doing it yourself, those movies are all planned but in reality you can do yourself a favor and just don’t do it. Not just doors but cars are trying to get out of their parking spot, people are putting things away in their cars, pedestrians are poking their heads out trying to get to the other side. Leave that lane open and be safe.
I am sure there are many more causes of motorcycle accidents but these are some common California causes of them. If you are ever in an accident that is not your fault or think is not your fault please contact The Reinecke Law Firm today at (800) 275-8326. We only deal with motorcycle accidents and we have dealt with more than 3500 accident cases and we have over 32 years of experience. Contact us today for a free case review.
Technology is being enhanced everyday and lucky for us many advances allow us to be safer and more aware than ever. We will take a look at a few modern technologies that are designed for motorcycle safety beginning with some airbags.
It is quite amazing to know that may save a life and hopefully multiple lives from the hard impacts that motorcyclists have to deal with when caught in a crash.
Another airbag technology that is coming out are helmet airbags. The helmet airbags for now are mainly for bicyclists but are still being developed for motorcyclists. This would help visibility to the motorcyclists as they are often focused in a tunnel vision and have a hard time with their peripherals or even windscreen glares. I still don’t know if I would trust to without a hard helmet but it would be nice to have both available as double safety would be nice.
Other technology with motorcycle safety has a lot to do with lighting on the bike and the person. A lot of times motorcyclists can slow down quicker making it difficult for motorists to avoid them and sometimes motorists don’t realize they are slowing down at all. Some new technology with lights displayed on the back of a helmet may help people behind that they are braking. There are other lights such as LED lights that flash when braking can help drivers know they are slowing down. What about for the front of the motorcycle? Some motorcycles have LEDS in the front of the motorcycle and others even have lights that turn when the motorcycle leans to and from directions, they can follow the position of the motorcycle just as some lights follow the directions they are steering.
The Reinecke Law Firm always wishes all riders, big or small, beginner or experts, to always wear safety gear when riding. You can never predict an accident but you can always be prepared for one. The Reinecke Law Firm has been helping riders and their families around California for over 25 years. If you are ever in an accident that you know is not your fault we are here to help you claim what you deserve. Call us today at (800) 275-8326.