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What can you do to prevent motorcycle accidents?

Posted on September 8, 2014 in

Motorcycles have a lot of appeal for Colorado residents. Beyond the sleek appearance, the lightweight vehicles are fuel-efficient and offer a unique experience as opposed to riding in cars. However, there is one drawback to riding motorcycles: safety. The vehicle provides no protection when it comes to accidents, which often result in serious injuries. Nonetheless, there are ways motorcyclists, as well as other motorists, can prevent motorcycle accidents from happening.

What can motorcycle riders do to prevent accidents? Colorado does not require riders aged 18 years and older to wear a helmet. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Protective gear for arms and legs is also advised. In terms of riding on roads and highways, it is best that riders travel where they can be seen, staying far away from a motorist’s blind spot. They should never drive on the road’s shoulder or share a lane with trucks or cars. Riders should remember to signal when changing lanes and refrain from weaving.

What about other motorists? While riders do their part to prevent accidents, motorists should be responsible as well. One common cause for accidents is motorcycle unawareness. To prevent this, motorists should look for motorcycles, especially at intersections and on highways. Riders should be given a full lane to travel. Motorists should not follow motorcyclists too closely and should have evasive maneuvers in mind in case they have to avoid road obstacles with motorcycles around. Finally, motorists should clearly make their intentions known when changing lanes.

What can Colorado riders do in case a motorist causes a motorcycle accident which results in injuries? Injured motorcyclists may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to hold the motorists accountable.