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Motorcyclists face numerous dangers on the roads

When you're a motorcyclist, one of the dangers on the roads is colliding with another driver. Drivers may not always see motorcyclists or may misjudge how close or far away they are. Since drivers are more likely to pull out in front of motorcyclists, it's a good idea to make yourself as visible as possible. This is why some people make their motorcycles louder or wear bright colors.

One of the most common reasons for a collision is having a car turn left in front of a motorcyclist. Drivers who don't see the motorcyclist or misjudge how fast he or she is traveling may pull out and try to make a left turn. Unfortunately, when he or she makes the turn, that cuts off the path the motorcyclist was traveling on. That results in the motorcyclist hitting the side of the vehicle in a head-on collision.

Driving drunk is a choice that puts you and others at risk

Before someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she should be certain that he or she is capable of driving safely. Whether it's due to illness or drinking alcohol, driving safe means knowing when you can't be the one behind the wheel.

Just how much does it take for a person to get drunk and raise the risk to others on the roads, though? Is it something that you should be watching out for when you're driving at night? The easy answer to your questions is that you should always be aware of how others are driving and that it may not actually take much alcohol at all to reach the legal limit.

How can you stay safe on a motorcycle in the summer?

When you're riding in the sun for long periods of time, there's nothing worse than feeling unwell. That's why it's important to make sure you have the right gear for the conditions.

Touring in hot places like Colorado, Louisiana, Texas and other southern states poses a problem for motorcyclists. Many feel overdressed in protective clothing, but without it, they would be at a higher risk of injuries if they crash.

Rear-end collision results in serious injuries, death

When traffic slows down, it's important for drivers behind those stopping to pay attention. If you don't notice the traffic ahead slowing, you could easily become involved in an accident. If you are, it should always be the responsibility of the at-fault party to cover your financial needs for medical costs and other losses.

Two people were injured and one man was killed in a three-car crash that took place in Colorado in just this scenario. The crash happened while traffic was backed up on I-76. According to the story, one 56-year-old man was killed in the accident. The driver of his vehicle had stopped for slowing traffic. A vehicle coming from behind failed to yield, resulting in a rear-end collision.

3 injured in crash after driver fails to stop

Particularly in the summer, it's important to watch the roads and to look out for construction teams, slowed traffic, red lights and other indications that you need to slow down or stop. When you don't slow or stop when you are meant to, there's a possibility that you could cause a serious collision.

That's what happened in this case. Fortunately, no one was killed, but three people were injured. The accident happened when a driver allegedly passed through a red light.

What should you do if you plan to ride a motorcycle this summer?

If you love riding a motorcycle, you likely already know that there is a risk of getting into a crash. No matter how safely you ride, other drivers can be unpredictable. Fortunately, you can prepare for a bad accident before it ever happens.

How could you possibly prepare for the unknown? Here are a few tips for protecting yourself if you get into a serious crash.

Serious 1-car crash results in 5 injuries, 1 death

Car crashes can quickly take the lives of those we love and care about. Some crashes happen because other drivers aren't paying attention. Others occur because the driver in the car you're riding in isn't paying attention or loses control of the vehicle.

That appears to be what happened in this case that was reported on May 16. A 17-year-old was killed in an accident while five others in the vehicle were injured and required medical care.

Speeding towards death: The risk to pedestrians on the roads

As a pedestrian, the last thing you want to do is end up in a car crash. If a car hits you, you know that you have the potential for serious injuries. Were you aware that you could face serious injuries even if the vehicle hits you slowly, though?

When you think about a serious accident, you probably imagine a car speeding down the road and hitting you at a high rate of speed. The truth is that even a slow-speed crash can lead to some serious or potential deadly injuries.

You can file a claim if a driver is texting behind the wheel

Everyone knows that texting while you drive is illegal. Despite this, there are many people from teens to adults who still text, check their emails and use their smartphones while they drive.

Combining texting with driving a commercial vehicle has the potential to cause serious accidents and even to kill those involved. A commercial vehicle is heavy and more difficult to control than a passenger vehicle. Additionally, they require more time to speed up and slow down along with more room to make turns. A driver who is distracted could make a mistake that costs someone else his or her life.

Here's what you should do after a car crash in Colorado

After a car accident, you may want to know how you're going to have your medical bills and other expenses paid. Maybe you have to miss work for physical therapy or now suffer from a disability, so you can't work at all. Insurance claims are the normal manner in which you seek compensation.

When the insurance company receives a claim, it investigates the accident and comes up with a settlement offer based on several factors such as your injuries, the severity of the accident and others.

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