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Motorcyclist fatalities are rising in Colorado

In 2016, 125 motorcyclists died in Colorado, and that has drawn concern. That number is up 15 percent from 2015. Many of these accidents are a result of motorists not paying attention or being on the lookout for motorcyclists.

Riders are sometimes part of the problem, so the state has been focused on making sure training becomes a commitment for life, not just before getting on your motorcycle the first time. Even a single mistake driving or riding could be fatal.

The number of motorcyclist fatalities taking place in Colorado has rose to 20.6 percent of all roadway fatalities. Comparatively, in 2012, the total was 16.7 percent. This increase is a problem, and it's something that drivers and motorcyclists can work together to reduce.

The way drivers and motorcyclists approach driving is what makes the difference. Both need to take vehicle maintenance seriously. They should slow down and be aware of their surroundings. Distractions behind the wheel also make an impact, so reducing and eliminating distractions has to be a priority for drivers.

Riders and drivers often have tension between them on the roads, but much of this comes from the risks that there are between them. It's harder to recognize the speed of a motorcyclist and can be harder to see him or her. That makes drivers wary. Likewise, motorcyclists are always concerned that this ride could be the one where a driver doesn't see them and causes a serious crash.

Crashes don't have to happen, but when they do, someone has to be held accountable. Stand up for your rights, and get the compensation you need.

Source: The Denver Post, "125 motorcyclists died on Colorado roads last year, bike-handling skills, distracted driving blamed," Hayley Sanchez, accessed Jan. 31, 2018

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