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Keeping Safe on Your Motorcycle

When Spring arrives in Indiana, bikers are more than ready to hop on a motorcycle and take a ride. A motorcycle can be a fun and convenient way to travel, but it can also pose more safety risks than the typical vehicle. One of the reasons for this is the motorcycle’s small size when compared to the weight of an average car. When the two types of vehicles collide, the motorcyclist is at a definite disadvantage. That is why it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to yield the right of way to cars if they should have it.

One of the easiest things you can do to stay safe on a motorcycle this summer is to put on a helmet. Motorcycle helmets have come a long way — they are comfortable and do not limit vision or hearing. They truly save lives as a 2008 study by the National Highway Safety Commission demonstrates. That year alone, more than 1,100 lives were saved just by the driver’s decision to put on a helmet. However, overall fatalities for motorcycle drivers were still at their highest in 2008, the last year that data was made available to the public.

Even when you do everything right as a motorcycle driver, you may still be involved in an accident with a car, truck or another motorcycle. If this happens to you, the most important thing you can do is seek immediate medical attention. Although you may not think you are injured, it is important to find out for sure. Unfortunately, injuries from motorcycle accidents don’t always appear right away. If you feel that the accident was primarily the fault of the other driver, the next thing to do is contact a personal injury attorney about a potential lawsuit.

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