San Francisco, California: Saturday morning, the skateboarding world lost one if its best when illustrious skateboarder Peter Starrs was killed in a San Francisco motorcycle accident near the 101/80 connector ramp. Starrs recently moved to San Francisco from Seattle, where he was famous for his skateboarding style. According to reports, he lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected from the ramp to the surface street below. No one knows at this moment why he lost control of his motorcycle; Starrs was only 24 years old.
There are many reasons a motorcyclist may lose control of their motorcycle, but excessive speed is one of the main ones. In particular, making a turn or negotiating a curve at a high rate of speed can be deadly. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles Handbook, riders often try to take turns too fast and end up crossing into other lanes, oncoming traffic, or going off of the road. When negotiating a turn, always use these 4 steps for better control:
1. Reduce your speed— especially when turning off of a road or onto a major highway.
2. Look through the turn—keep your eyes level with the horizon, but look through the turn at where you need to go. This will help you navigate potential dangers that may be just up ahead.
3. Press on the handle—you must press on the handle to turn the bike and lean into it. Higher speeds or tighter turns do require the motorcycle to lean more.
4. Roll on the throttle—to stabilize suspension, roll on the throttle through the turn, and maintain steady speed throughout the turn.
In addition to reducing your speed, it is important for motorcyclists to avoid drinking or doing drugs while riding. Even prescription medications can make a rider drowsy and can cause single motorcycle crashes. Be sure to read all of the warning labels on any of your medications before getting on your bike.
If you or someone you love is injured in a San Francisco motorcycle accident, it is important to have a San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney on your side to assist you. Even if you are involved in a single motorcycle accident, you may have difficulty dealing with your insurance company. When this occurs, a San Francisco motorcycle lawyer can help! Call us today at 1-800-4-BIKERS today for a FREE CONSULTATION.
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