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How can motorcycle accidents be prevented?

Being safe on a motorcycle is more than just wearing a helmet and proper riding gear. Being aware of your surroundings can help prevent motorcycle accidents; seeing a driver who isn't paying attention before he or she turns in front of you can give you time to slow down, just like seeing a vehicle is moving into your lane can give you time to get out of the way.

There are some concerning statistics about motorcycle safety that you may want to review while you're building your case with your attorney. These statistics can help you make the case for a heavier penalty for the driver who caused your injuries.

In 2013, it was reported that 88,000 motorcyclists were injured. That number has dropped since 2012, when 93,000 riders were injured. In Colorado, 87 motorcyclists were killed in 2013. That number rose from 79 in 2012. While you may think that most of the fatalities were related to riders not having their helmets on, the fact is that 31 of those riders were wearing proper gear. On top of that, 60 percent of the crashes did involve other vehicles, showing how many people are impacted by drivers other than themselves.

Staying safe is important, and motorists play a role in keeping motorcyclists safe, too. They should give you a full lane to travel in, look for you on the roads and clearly signal where they're going. Drivers shouldn't tailgate you, forcing you to ride faster or to get out of the way quickly. Drivers should also predict when a motorcyclist may need to evade problems on the road, like if there is a large hole up ahead.

Source: Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Agency, "Motorcycle Safety," accessed Sep. 10, 2015

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