According to 2016 crash data, motorcycle riders around the country were 28 times more likely to die in an accident compared to other vehicles. Therefore, it is important that riders understand basic safety rules and tactics that they can employ to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. It is also critical that anyone who wishes to ride a motorcycle is properly licensed before riding on a California road or highway.

Rider education courses as well as a skills test may be part of the licensing process in a given state. However, even if a rider education course is not required, it is generally advisable to participate in one anyway. After obtaining a license, it is a good idea to spend time practicing in a variety of different conditions. This can help a person get a better idea of how a bike handles when roads are cold, wet or slippery.

Riders should make sure that their bikes are properly maintained and that they wear proper safety equipment. They should also be sober when they take to the road. Ideally, a motorcycle will be checked to make sure its turn signals, brakes and tires are in good shape on a regular basis. Protective gear includes a helmet as well as leather or denim pants and jackets.

Even if a rider is wearing a helmet, it is possible to obtain serious injuries in a motorcycle accident. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, the injured victim may be entitled to compensation. Negligence may include going too fast for road conditions or a driver making a left turn in front of a motorcycle. Compensation may help to pay medical bills, lost wages or other damages incurred in a crash.