Getting your motorcycle license requires you to drive numerous miles on your bike, as well as be comfortable handling it. In addition, you must know the basic safety tips to avoid a motorcycle accident. Just like practicing anything else in life, it is important to practice riding properly and to not act in a careless manner. We’ve put together a list of things not to do when it comes to riding your motorcycle.
May marks the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an initiative to remind drivers behind both handlebars and steering wheels to be cautious of those they share the road with. As summer nears closer, more and more motorcyclists take to the road, making it more important than ever to be mindful of our surroundings in an effort to keep our roads safe. [Read more…]
Motorcycle racing is an adventurous sport that provides thrill, excitement, and pleasure to riders worldwide. The sport is especially popular in Southern California, where riders can flock to the desert environments natural to the area to ride. Although an exhilarating sport, motorcycle accidents can occur. Wearing a motorcycle helmet, in particular, has proven to be an effective measure against motorcycle-related fatalities. [Read more…]
Senior Partner Greg Owen has been riding, racing, building, restoring, and collecting motorcycles for over 40 years. In the 1970’s he was a professional motocross racer but left the profession to become a lawyer so that he could help his fellow cyclists who needed justice and had no other place to turn.
Greg has helped hundreds of injured victims obtain in excess of 900 million dollars. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is critical that your attorney has the background not only as a trial lawyer but as a motorcycle enthusiast. [Read more…]
While you can’t change the weather, you can minimize some of winter’s biggest threats to your safety and security. At home, at work or on the road, be mindful and plan ahead for the curves that this season can throw. Staying alert and preparing properly for the season will help to ensure your holidays remain happy. [Read more…]
The desire for more efficient, environmentally-friendly transportation, combined with the siren call of the open road means that we are seeing more motorcycles and bicycles on the road than ever. On average, there are more than 40 million bicyclists on the road in the United States, and even more motorcycles, making up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States according to the National Traffic Safety Administration. [Read more…]
Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in many thousands of road accidents each year. Today’s fast-paced, 24-hour world with social media addictions and technology distraction all lead to sleep deprivation which, in turn, affects our performance on the road. Research shows that driver fatigue may be a factor in up to 20% of road accidents, and up to 25% of fatal and serious accidents. [Read more…]
Motorcycle accidents can be tragic and upsetting events, especially if you are seriously injured and unable to work—and considering how vulnerable motorcycle drivers are, it’s extremely rare to walk away from a motorcycle accident with just minor bumps, bruises, and abrasions. If you ride a motorcycle and haven’t ever been in an accident, the personal injury lawyers here at Owen, Patterson & Owen would like to help you keep it that way. [Read more…]
Matthew J. Bortz, 28, was killed when his motorcycle crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. Bortz veered into the opposite lane while trying to pass two vehicles in a no-passing zone and failed to calculate the timing correctly and did not allow enough clearance for the oncoming tractor-trailer. [Read more…]