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How can motorcycle riders protect themselves?

According to the state of New Jersey’s department of law and public safety, those involved in a motorcycle crash have an 82% chance of sustaining an injury. There are many factors to consider when trying to understand why these statistics are so high.

Due to a wide amount of distracted, fatigued and speeding drivers on the road, motorcyclists need to pay extreme caution to avoid being the victim of an accident. Especially since more than two-thirds of motorcycle accidents occur because a driver did not see a biker.

Common causes for motorcycle accidents

Although bikers may try their best to be careful on the road, any little mistake could have major consequences. Bikers not only have to be aware of their position on the road, but they must also be aware of other drivers’ next moves. Some causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Lane switching
  • Speeding
  • Constant stopping
  • Opening car doors

How to protect yourself

No matter how careful someone is, mistakes still happen. Being prepared and always on the lookout may help to limit the chances of something terrible happening. There are many actions bikers can take to stay safe on the road. Some of these are:

  • Wear a federally-regulated helmet
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Check blind spots
  • Keep a good distance between vehicles
  • Do a bike maintenance checkup before riding

It’s important for bikers to do their part and keep up to date with their licensures, bike checkups and making sure they are wearing protective gear on the road. However, accidents might still occur. Because of this, riders should try their best to become educated on what to do next if they’re involved in a crash and end up sustaining severe injuries.

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