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Living with facial disfigurements after an accident

Even in serious motorcycle accidents, many injuries will eventually heal. Broken bones mend themselves. Road rash fades away. Even brain injury symptoms can heal and improve over time, though they may not completely heal.

For some, though, disfigurements last forever. This can have a drastic impact on a person's life, especially if they suffer from a facial disfigurement. It can happen in all sorts of ways, with or without a helmet.

5 steps to handle a tailgater

The driver behind you wants to pass. You know because they're aggressively tailgating you, seemingly driving right on your rear bumper. You're scared that they're going to cause an accident. What do you do?

You're right to feel frightened. This is an all-too-common type of dangerous, reckless driving. You need to know how to handle it, and these five steps can help:

  1. Be careful. Understand the risks. Do not get overly emotional or make any quick, rash decisions. Safety must always come first.
  2. Touch your brakes lightly a few times. You don't want to do it hard enough to slow down, but just enough to flash the lights.
  3. Once you have given them that warning, then start to slow your car down.
  4. At this point, what you do next depends on what type of road you are driving on. If it's a multi-lane road, attempt to change lanes so that the tailgater can pass you.
  5. If you're on a road with only one lane in each direction, then you can slow down to make it easier for them to pass you. You may even want to consider looking for a safe place to pull onto the shoulder. After the tailgater goes by, then you can get back on the road and drive at a safe, responsible speed.

Negligent driving vs. reckless driving

The reason for many car accidents is simply negligence. Someone is not careful enough and makes a mistake. Maybe they don't hit the brakes quite hard enough when coming up on the back of a traffic jam, and they rear-end another car. They didn't mean to do it, but they just misjudged the distance.

On the other hand, when someone does something that they know is dangerous and often illegal, that's when they may face accusations of reckless driving. It's a step up from negligence because it's not just a mistake. They knew that what they were doing was dangerous, they decided to do it anyway, and they caused an accident.

Saccadic masking and motorcycle accidents

A driver stops at the end of a road as you approach on your motorcycle, heading down the cross street. You don't have a stop sign, but they do. You see the driver look in your direction. Then, even though they just looked at you, they pull out into the road.

For a motorcyclist, it's a nightmare situation. You cannot avoid the crash, and you are probably going to suffer serious injuries, if you survive at all.

Why drivers often blame someone else for accidents

A driver clearly causes an accident; maybe they run a red light or a stop sign. They hit your car. When you get out, though, they're already yelling at you, asking what you think you were doing and blaming you for the crash.

Suddenly, you're concerned. Are they going to fight this? Are they going to report you to the police? Will you have to pay for their mistake?

Night driving is 3 times as dangerous

Did you know that your odds of getting into a fatal car accident may simply come down to what time of day you get behind the wheel? Studies have found that your risks at night are three times higher than your risks during the day. That information comes from the National Safety Council.

Why is night driving so dangerous? There are a lot of different reasons, including:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Drunk driving
  • Compromised night vision
  • Lack of depth perception
  • Trouble with color recognition
  • Issues effectively using peripheral vision
  • The blinding glare of oncoming headlights

Biker killed in car collision outside Denver

Drivers in Colorado would probably tell you winter is the most hazardous month, as snowdrifts and iced roads can cause slippery dangers whether they are expected or not. For motorcyclists, however, the warmer months are often trouble because few bikers brave frozen roads. The rush to the road in good weather can increase the chances of a collision with a car.

Many scenic parts of America, including huge swaths of the Centennial State, make for epic rides whether solo or with a crew in formation. Partners make rides safer, as more drivers can spot a motorcycle formation faster than a solo biker and make the required changes to compensate before a possible accident.

Alleged drunk driver hits and kills Colorado motorcyclist

A Colorado man is dead after getting involved in an accident on his motorcycle, and reports allege that the woman who hit him was under the influence at the time.

The accident happened on Thursday, June 27, at about 12:45 a.m. Per an officer with the Colorado State Patrol, the motorcyclist and another driver were both heading south on Interstate 25. In the car, which was behind the motorcycle, was a 34-year-old woman from Fort Collins. She and the bike were in the right lane. As they got close to the exit for Harmony Road, her car slammed into the back of the motorcycle.

Lack of mental control leads to distraction

Workers often get distracted on the job. How many times have you been sitting at your desk when your mind started to wander? Did you get distracted by your phone, checking your social media accounts or checking to see if anyone had texted you, even though you knew they hadn't? It happens.

The reason, some experts note, is a lack of mental control. When people have to use anti-distraction apps on their phones and things of this nature, they're just trying to make up for this lack of control. Some say they would be far better off to train themselves so that they wouldn't need external motivation and could stay focused without it.

Avoid motorcycle accidents by looking at your destination

New motorcycle riders tend to look all over the place. They watch other traffic. They read billboards. They look down side streets. They watch oncoming cars. They check their mirrors. They look at people, shops, cars, homes and anything else lining the road.

Some of this is wise, of course, such as checking your mirrors and keeping an eye on traffic. However, experienced riders will tell you that one of the keys to avoiding an accident is to always look specifically where you want to go on the bike.

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