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Motorcycle accidents: How you can help prevent injuries

Motorcyclists are at risk on the roads, no matter how careful they are. More than half of all motorcycle accidents take place at intersections. Over two-thirds of these accidents took place because the driver did not see the motorcyclist. It's particularly dangerous to ride in the winter months, when drivers assume that motorcycles have been put away for the winter.

There are some ways to help protect yourself against injuries while riding a motorcycle, even though you may still be at a risk of a crash. First, make sure you take a motorcycle training course. These courses help you learn how to avoid crashes and provide you with techniques to mitigate the damage to yourself or vehicle if an accident seems unavoidable.

Always drive on the defense. That means that you should assume that no one else is paying attention or sees you. Wear bright clothing and use lights or reflectors to stand out.

Give yourself plenty of time to react to others. Do this by slowing down when driving and braking if you think someone coming toward an intersection or out of a parking lot may not see you. Anticipate another driver's negligence before it has a chance to impact you.

Motorcyclists and drivers have the same rules on the road. Drivers need to be aware of motorcyclists and take care not to turn in front of them or to pull into a lane with a motorcyclist already there. Motorcyclists can help prevent injuries by wearing approved riding gear and a helmet every time they drive.

In any case involving a dangerous driver, you have every right to seek a claim. You deserve compensation to help you while you recovery.

Source: The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, "Motorcycle Safety Resources," accessed Feb. 10, 2017

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