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8 Safety Tips for the Novice Motorcycle Rider

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney. A novice motorcycle rider must use extreme safety when riding a motorcycle while still learning. Follow these eight safety tips to ensure a safe ride on your new motorcycle.


You may see it every day during morning and afternoon commutes.  Given our pleasant weather in the Sacramento area, motorcycles are frequently used as commuter vehicles.  When the automobile traffic is at a stand-still, the motorcyclist will often travel between the lanes, bypassing the bottleneck.

As an automobile driver and traffic observer, when witnessing this maneuver known as “lane-splitting” you may have thought the following:

Motorcycle accidents occur every day in California, with many resulting in serious injury and even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the number of motorcycle crash-related fatalities has doubled in the past decade. There are a number of different types of motorcycle accidents, but some are more common than others. Whether you drive a vehicle or you are a motorcycle rider, it is important for everyone on the road to be familiar with the most common types of motorcycle accidents so that you can avoid them while driving.

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It’s Better to Ride Once the Storm has Passed

Most motorcyclists avoid riding in the rain. Not only does rain affect stability and traction, but it also can interfere with a driver’s concentration. Further, if it has not rained in a while. the rain will bring up the oil on the road that has built up during the dry season and causes the road to be even more slippery. Even slow speed turns in the rain can cause your rear tire to slide out from under you and cause an accident. Hydroplaning/aquaplaning (water between your tire and road) is even worse as it leads to a complete loss of traction.

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is being struck by a motorist who doesn’t see you. This is particularly true at night, when it’s not only harder for a motorcyclists to see but also harder to be seen by other drivers. Often, driver’s at fault for colliding with a motorcyclist will claim that they never saw the motorcycle.

Driving a motorcycle at night is risky. You cannot see or be seen as well as you can in the daytime. As a result, it is important to reduce the risk of being struck by a careless driver. It’s best not to drive a motorcycle at night at all but sometimes this is not always possible. Here are ways to drive more safely at night.

Above the elbow amputations are also called trans-humeral amputations and are more difficult than below the elbow amputations to fit with prostheses that are comfortable and functional. When the injury happens at the level of the elbow or above, the person must have a transhumeral amputation with the attempt made to have the stump as long as possible. Longer stumps can help the individual use the prosthesis more effectively.

Another above the elbow amputation that is more severe is through the shoulder with shoulder disarticulation. These are the hardest to place with a prosthesis that the patient can easily use and tend to be unwieldy and more for aesthetics than for functionality. The more joints that have to be replaced, the harder it is to have a functional prosthetic.

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