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Keep safe this summer while riding your motorcycle

One of the things that can be scary as a New Jersey motorcyclist is the fact that drivers don't always see you on the roads. Distractions can make drivers unaware of you, while others may not expect to see a motorcyclist on the roads. It's easy for people to assume you're traveling slower than you are because of the size of your vehicle, too.

Unfortunately, if you're in an accident with a larger vehicle, it's more likely that you'll be the person suffering the consequences. You have much less protection than someone inside a larger car or truck. Following a crash caused by negligence, you'll want to file a claim so that the other driver covers the costs you've had to suffer.

In the spring, summer, and fall, motorcycles become popular alternatives to cars and trucks. Cars get around 22 mpg, but motorcycles can get up to 60 on average. Over time, motorcycle registrations have kept rising, and there are now over 6 million registered within the country.

It's a fact that around 50 percent of all serious or fatal motorcycle crashes do involve another vehicle. It's common for another vehicle to turn left in front of a motorcyclist, cutting them off and causing a head-on collision. What can drivers do to prevent this? Look again. Double-checking the road for motorcyclists is vital. Following from a safe distance can also help. Especially when passing, it's important to move to another lane, so the motorcyclist has his or her own lane to use while he or she drives. If a driver wouldn't share a lane with another car, he or she shouldn't do so with a motorcyclist.

Source: Coosa Valley News, "Share the road: Look twice for motorcycles," Tony Potts, March 20, 2016

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