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Prevent this common motorcycle accident

Motorcycle riders in California -- and everywhere else in the United States -- are cautious and careful to prevent accidents, for the most part. However, a lot of motorcyclists -- even experienced ones -- do not have the basic safety training required to know certain tricks for accident prevention. For this reason, motorcyclists should always strive to continue learning new safety technique no matter how long they've been on the road.

In this article we'll discuss how to prevent and avoid a common motorcycle accident that happens during cornering. This accident scenario happens when a motorcyclist goes into a corner too fast. What ultimately happens is the corner begins to get sharper and sharper unexpectedly, until it's so sharp that the motorcyclist can't keep his or her bike balanced anymore.

Here's how to avoid a motorcycle crash caused by cornering too fast:

  • For one, you might want to consider slowing down, driving at a conservative speed and riding a lot slower when making a turn.
  • Look for visual clues from telephone poles that wrap around the curb. Also, look for signs that indicate the direction of the road. Just because the speed limit says it's 45 mph does not mean that your bike can handle a curve while going that quickly. Be slow and cautious when entering a curve or going around a corner.
  • When it's too late to brake and too late to turn back, there's only one thing you can do. You need to try and ride out the curve. A lot of motorcyclists don't trust their bikes, they realize they're going too fast and they bail. However, your bike can probably lean out a lot further than you realize. In an emergency situation, hang off your bike even more, be smooth with the controls and keep your eyes on the direction you want to track toward.
  • When it's too late to slow down, don't slam the brakes or chop the throttle, which could throw your bike off balance and cause it to lose the all-important traction that's keeping you from taking a pavement dive. Even if a peg or your knee hits the ground, stay calm, stay smooth and stay in control along your course. Ride it out and you'll probably survive.

Did you get hurt in a motorcycle accident due to no fault of your own? A motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you seek justice.

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