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Motorcycle accidents may occur when drivers fail to see motorcyclists on the road. When drivers fail to pay attention, the results can be catastrophic. In collisions involving motorcycles, riders are more likely to suffer severe injuries compared with occupants of passenger vehicles. Because riders are exposed to the elements and other dangers when riding their motorcycles, it is important to know some simple tips on how to avoid serious injuries in motorcycle accidents.

The first tip is to wear one of the most important pieces of protective equipment: a helmet. In most fatal motorcycle accidents the cause of death is due to head injury. Riders can often avoid a head injury by wearing a helmet. It is important to wear full-face helmets, as they protect the face and head area. Aside from wearing a helmet, riders should avoid riding while they are intoxicated. Even if they haven’t consumed an ample amount of alcohol, their judgment can still be impaired and that increases their chances of a motorcycle accident.

Another factor that can prevent a motorcycle crash is experience. Riding a motorcycle requires skill and proper training. As riders spend more time on their motorcycles they become more aware of the dangers of riding, such as other vehicles. Experience also allows riders to assess the dangers on the road and make evasive maneuvers when needed.

In the event of a motorcycle accident, the motorist who was deemed at fault may be held responsible for the victim’s damages. If the motorcyclist was following all safety precautions, rules and regulations prior to the collision, the motorcyclist may receive compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Californiabiker.org, “Avoiding motorcycle accidents,” accessed on Nov. 18, 2014Post Type: topical