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How to avoid common motorcycle accidents

Georgia motorcycle owners like to think about wide open roads and warm sun, not bike crashes. However, by anticipating some of the most common motorcycle accidents in advance, riders may be able to avoid injuries.

Other vehicles present the most danger to motorcycles. In fact, a car turning left in front of a bike is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. Riders can avoid this type of crash by remaining alert and slowing down when they see a car preparing to take a left turn ahead of them. Cars may also rear-end motorcycles at red lights. To avoid this, people should try to squeeze in front of a car that is already waiting at the light. Riders can also stop near the side of the road and flash their brake lights repeatedly to alert approaching cars. In addition, cars frequently change lanes and cut motorcycles off. Riders can reduce the chances of this by making themselves aware of other drivers' blind spots and moving to a more visible area as soon as possible.

Other common causes of motorcycle accidents involve road conditions. For example, hitting a patch of gravel in a blind corner can easily cause a wipeout. To avoid this, riders should slow down when approaching corners and enter them wide to increase their vision. Rain can also cause roadways to become very slippery. Riders can mitigate this danger by investing in good tires for their bike. Finally, speed and alcohol are factors in thousands of motorcycle accidents each year. Riders should never drink and drive and avoid speeding.

Cyclists who are injured in a crash that was caused by another motorist often need extensive medical care. They might want to meet with an attorney to see what recourse might be available to them.

Source: Rideapart, "10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How To Avoid Them," Wes Siler, Feb. 20, 2018

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