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Motorcyclists face unique dangers on the road

Remaining safe while riding a motorcycle requires ongoing alertness and presence of mind to avoid all the hazards that may easily kill the rider and others. While driving any vehicle has some inherent risks, motorcyclists face a number of threats that other drivers do not face.

Before you ride, it is tremendously important that you understand all the potential threats to your life so that you can avoid them yourself while keeping others safe on the road.

If you were in an accident while riding, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. However, this is only possible if you can determine what actually caused your accident and present compelling evidence of your claim. Be sure to carefully scrutinize your own accident to identify any liable parties and keep your rights secure.

Remaining visible to other drivers

Here in America, motorcycle riders make up a relatively small percentage of the driving public, at least compared to other parts of the world. In general, most drivers are not as aware of motorcycles near them, and may not consider a motorcycle when changing lanes, passing or braking abruptly.

Riders must remain particularly alert near intersections, where many drivers are even less likely to recognize motorcycles. In fact, roughly 70 percent of all motorcycle accidents occur in or around intersections.

Remaining aware of the driving environment and the vehicle

Motorcycles are incredible machines, but they lack the ability to offer many safety features that other vehicles enjoy by the nature of their design. Because of the vulnerability that motorcycle riders must accept, it is crucial to remain consistently aware of many environmental and mechanical threats that may cause an accident.

The faster a motorcycle goes, the more delicate its controls. At a certain speed, the front wheel begins to wobble, which is very dangerous. It is important to constantly consider any wheel wobble as you ride.

Whereas a car or truck may find potholes and gravel annoying, they can prove deadly for motorcycle riders. Especially for more inexperienced riders, who may find controlling the bike distracting, it is important to pay special attention to any potential road hazards.

Stay safe out there this spring and summer.

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