Motorcycling in San Francisco can be an incredible experience. The San Francisco Bay Area boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and its winding coastal roads draw thousands of motorcyclists to California every year. However, while the San Francisco Bay Area can be beautiful, it is also known for some of the worst traffic in the country. Motorcyclists can bypass much of this traffic by legally riding in between the car lanes during rush hour traffic. While this can be a wonderful time saver, it does come with quite a risk. Also keep in mind that even though lane splitting is legal in California, if you are lane splitting at an excessive speed and are in an accident it will not look good for you that you were speeding while lane splitting. Next time you hit the San Francisco freeways, make sure you are taking the proper motorcycle safety precautions–so you can prevent serious and often deadly San Francisco motorcycle accidents from occurring.
The single best way to prevent deadly and traumatic brain injuries from occurring is to wear a helmet. In fact, helmets are proven to be up to 37% more effective in preventing fatal injuries and in 2008, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration estimated that helmets saved the lives of 1,829 motorcyclists across the country.
One of those lives that was saved occurred here in San Francisco in 2008. A car crossed over into oncoming traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in March of 2008 and caused a nine vehicle crash—which included a motorcyclist. According to rescue workers at the scene of the catastrophic accident, the San Francisco motorcyclist slammed into the back of a car and was then projected 30 feet into the air. Remarkably, the San Francisco Bay Area motorcyclist walked away from the accident because he was wearing a protective suit and helmet at the time.
If you or someone you love is a San Francisco Bay Area motorcyclist, it is important to always wear a protective suit and helmet while riding. These two combined can decrease your chances of sustaining a serious head injury or debilitating burn injury. In addition, you should always wear appropriate safety goggles to prevent road debris or dust from flying into your eyes while riding. Small particles can cause permanent vision and corneal damage if left untreated.
Come see us, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and BAM Free Breakdown and Legal Assistance for Motorcycles, at Alice’s Restaurant on the weekends. If you have not ridden up to Alice’s in Woodside you are missing out on one of the more beautiful rides in the San Francisco area. Alice’s is pretty central to Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, San Ramon and a bit of a drive from Sacramento and Modesto but what a pretty ride. And if you have been injured in a biker accident in the Bay area call 1-800-424-5377 or 1-800-4-bikers.
Stay safe on the San Francisco Bay Area roads this summer!