Contact a San Jose motorcycle accident lawyer & attorney with questions about liability for passengers injured in a motorcycle accident. Riding a motorcycle is risky business. Riding a motorcycle with a passenger on the back is inherently risky. This is especially true if the passenger has never ridden on the back of a bike. Depending on the preparation you take before the ride, it may be the most rewarding or most terrifying ride of your life. Regardless of your solo riding skill level, riding with a passenger will give you a whole new perspective on riding. Your San Jose motorcycle accident lawyer & attorney is here for you and your passenger should you ever need assistance following a motorcycle accident.
Don’t assume your new passenger knows anything about motorcycles. Explain everything from how they will get on and off the bike to where they should put their hands and feet. Explain that they shouldn’t lean the opposite way on a curve and that they can’t grab your arms while you are driving. Come up with a hand signal or tap on the leg if they need to stop. Communication is important.
Your motorcycle will handle differently with a passenger on the back. The more the passenger weighs the more impact they will have on how your bike handles. A passenger will affect:
- Turns – Your motorcycle will take more effort to turn
- Stops – It will take a longer distance to stop
- Acceleration – It will take more time and distance to get up to speed
Never accept a passenger who isn’t wearing proper gear. A tank-top and flip-flops do not qualify as proper riding gear. It’s important that your passenger is protected in the event of an accident. This means: a helmet, a leather jacket, boots and gloves at the very minimum. You are responsible for the passenger, if they aren’t dressed properly do not give them a ride.
Agreeing to give a ride to a drunk passenger is also not a good idea. They can easily throw you off balance and you also risk them falling asleep and falling off the bike. It’s understandable that you want to get them home safely so call them a cab or find them a ride in a car.
Data from the National Center for Statistics and Analysis reports that in 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. A total of 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes that year and 332 passengers were killed.
If you are the driver or passenger of a motorcycle that has been in an accident contact your San Jose motorcycle accident lawyer & attorney to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We are driven, aggressive and experienced in motorcycle accident cases. We handle cases from all over the state of California including the following cities.
- Palo Alto
- Mountain View
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