Riverside, CA is located near some major highways in Southern California, including the 10, 15, 215, and 91 freeways. But, believe it or not, some of the most dangerous roads in Riverside aren’t the freeways, but are many of the multi-lane surface streets that run throughout the area.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 56% of all motorcycle crashes occur on urban roadways, intersections being the most common place for accidents to occur. Most of these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the drivers of cars who were attempting to make a left hand turn and didn’t see the motorcyclists moving through the intersection or the motorcyclist is sideswiped while attempting to make a left hand turn.
Unfortunately, Riverside has some of the most dangerous intersections in the state of California. If you’re a motorcyclist who is involved in an accident in one of these areas, you’re at a greater risk of being seriously injured or even killed. If you want to decrease your risk of being involved in an accident while driving through intersections, you need to have an awareness as to the factors that cause them, and practice good safety by driving defensively.
Roads and intersections
If you are a motorcyclist and live in the Riverside area, you need to be aware that the following intersections and roads are considered to be dangerous:
- Ynez Road at Winchester in Temecula
- Magnolia Avenue at Tyler Street in Riverside
- Gilman Springs and Bridge Street in Moreno Valley
- Arlington Avenue and Van Buren in Riverside
Avoid these particular intersections or, if you can’t, use the utmost caution when you’re riding through them to avoid the risk of accidents.
However, if you are in an accident in which you sustain injuries, you may be able to file a legal claim to receive compensation.
What to do if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident
Safety is paramount while driving motorcycles. One of the big issues with the four most dangerous intersections in Riverside is difficult-to-read street signage or no street signs or traffic lights at all. The lack of signage, road conditions, surrounding shopping centers, and the large number of cars traveling through these intersections each and every day significantly increases the risk of being involved in an accident if you’re a motorcyclist.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and are injured, you need to seek medical care ASAP. Even if you’re unsure as to whether you’ve sustained an injury, you should go to the hospital because symptoms don’t always present themselves until days or even weeks later.
If your accident was the result of negligence on the part of the other driver, you’ll need documentation from the hospital and/or medical provider that attributes your injuries to the accident. Establishing liability in a motorcycle accident can be complicated, so you need to work with an experienced attorney who can help you build a strong case.
At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, motorcycle injury attorney in Riverside County, CA, we are riders representing riders.