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VIDEO: Safe Motorcycle Riding Tips

29 Jun
Watch this excellent Motorcycle “Behind the Handlebars” Safety Video by BlinkyCab on YouTube!
Always keep enough distance in front of your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you.  It is also good to keep “Space Cushions” in the lanes to your left and right so as not to get boxed in by traffic.  Keep Safety Space around you and your bike at all times.
Because a Motorcycle is smaller than a car, you have a choice of choosing between three (3) positions of your lane: left, center, and right.  Choose your safest lane position by paying close attention to traffic and your surrounding environment. Generally, It is best to avoid the center of the lane as it may be slick or slippery since that is where most vehicles leak fluids.
Stay out of the Blind Spots of other drivers on the road.  Many vehicles have an area of the road that is difficult to see from the driver’s position.  These “Blind Spots” are usually about 45 degrees behind the driver’s left and right sides, and should be avoided by Motorcyclists.  Always make sure the other drivers on the road can see you!
Use the Shoulder and Mirror Check technique early and often to check your blind spots so that you can remain aware of vehicles driving close to you and your motorcycle. Make it a habit to check before changing lanes… EVERY TIME!
Every road has a speed limit.  Always obey the posted speed signs.  Drive Smart.  Drive Safe.  Arrive Alive!
Don’t get comfortable with how other cars and trucks on the road might be driving.  Always Drive Defensively.  Protect yourself at all times by staying alert and safe!
Unsafe Loads: Be alert for pickup trucks and Big Rigs that may have loose loads and unsecured items. A ladder or a loose box could cause a very serious collision for a motorcycle or scooter.
The Law offices of Mark A Doughty can be reached by calling 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoMotorcycleCrash.com and http://GoLaw.com.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween 2014

29 Oct
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween 2014!  Thank you to PedBikeInfo.org and About.com/Health for these Safety Tips for Pedestrians.  
PedBikeInfo.org posted an excellent article on Pedestrian Safety:
Be Safe and Be Seen: Make yourself visible to drivers
  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be Smart and Alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors
  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  • Don’t assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don’t just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look before you cross the road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.
Be Careful at Crossings: Look before you step
  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.
A Health / Walking article on About.com adds:
– Don’t get tripped: Tripping hazards are worse after dark. Uneven sidewalks, roots and rocks on trails, potholes and trash on the side of streets and roads – all can lead to a slip or fall. Walk with your eyes noting the ground 15 feet ahead to see upcoming hazards.
– Blinded by the light: As we age we lose our ability to see well in the dark and recovering after having headlights shine in your eyes. Choose a path where you won’t have frequent changes in the lighting level. Do not look straight into oncoming headlights.

If you or a member of your family or friends are involved in a pedestrian or bicycle vs. vehicle accident–collision, or other injury producing event caused by the negligence of others, call the Law offices of Mark A Doughty at 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of northern California and represented them without a fee (in accident cases) unless he recovers for them. For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

Have a Safe and Happy Holidays from GoLaw.com

12 Dec

The Fall and Winter Months are a popular time of year for vacations and road travel. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all bringing cold, wet, and possibly icy conditions, it’s important to plan ahead for a Safe and Happy Holidays!  Keep reading our GoLaw.com BLOGS to get more Travel Safety Tips for your travels during this holiday season.

Read original article on AAA.com


Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. For more information on winter driving, the association offers the How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure, available through most AAA offices. Contact your local AAA club for more information.

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

•    Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
•    Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
•    Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
•    Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
•    Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
•    If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
•    Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
•    Always look and steer where you want to go.
•    Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

•    Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
•    Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
•    Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
•    Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
•    If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
•    Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
•    Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
•    Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
•    Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
•    If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

•    Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
•    Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
•    The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
•    Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
•    Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
•    Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
•    Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
•    Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

If you or a member of your family or friends are involved in a motor vehicle accident–collision, or other injury producing the event caused by the WRONGFUL CONDUCT of others, call the Law offices of Mark A Doughty at 530-674-1440. Mark A Doughty has been practicing law in California since 1979. He has served the people of Northern California and represented them without a fee unless he recovers for them (in accident cases). For more information, please see http://GoLaw.com.

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15 Oct

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11 Jul

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