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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.

The risk of this and other kinds of injuries is why it's a good idea to wear a helmet and appropriate riding gear all year round. Even if you're traveling in an area where wearing a helmet isn't required by law, it can help save your life in a crash and is useful as a means of protection.

It's up to drivers and motorcyclists to be safe and prevent injuries on the road. If you see a driver who is acting oddly behind the wheel or are in a near-miss, it's a good idea to report the driver who almost hit you. That way, the authorities can check out the situation and make sure no one gets hurt.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accident FAQ," accessed Aug. 15, 2017

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