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Your Motorcycle Broke Down in a Tunnel. Now What?

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9 Steps to Take When Motorcycle Broke Down in a Tunnel

When your motorcycle breaks down on a road, even a highway, toll road or freeway, you can easily get yourself to safety by pulling into the emergency lane or to the side of the road. But what if your motorcycle stops working inside a tunnel, where there is little space and low visibility? This puts you in a very precarious situation that can quickly turn into your worst motorcycle nightmare.

Fortunately, there are ways you can help minimize the risk of an accident in this scenario:

  1. As soon as you sense something is off, turn on your hazards.
  2. Turn on your headlights and keep them on (unless of course your bike is experiencing electrical issues).
  3. Rather than coming to a rapid stop, brake gradually. This will slow traffic down behind you in a more controlled way.
  4. Get your bike as far to the right as possible.
  5. Along with your bike, YOU should be visible as well (clothing, lights, etc).
  6. If an emergency call box is available, park several yards away before using it.
  7. If there is no emergency phone in the tunnel, hug the wall and walk against the flow of traffic (unless of course you are much closer to the other side of the tunnel).
  8. DO NOT ATTEMPT to fix the problem yourself. Your first and foremost is your safety, so get out of dodge fast.
  9. Once you’ve ensured your safety, contact authorities or a garage to tow your bike out of the tunnel.

This information has been brought to you by the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm. If you are ever in need of legal representation after a crash, call us at (800) 522-7274. We can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your rights and best legal options. As California’s Best Motorcycle Accident Law Firm, we can get you back on the road to recovery.

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