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How can I avoid a motorcycle accident?

Traveling via two wheels in California can be one of the fastest, easiest forms of transportation, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. As a motorcyclist, you are less protected than fellow drivers in four-wheeled vehicles, so it is more important to be aware of possible dangers and the steps you should take to avoid them. RideApart.com details the biggest threats facing motorcycles and how to stay safe.

 

When you only have two wheels on the road, debris can become a bigger problem than it is for other vehicles. This is especially true when there are small pieces, like gravel, sand or leaves on the road. Motorcycle drivers can use trail braking to slow down, but the best way to avoid a wipe out is to be sure you are traveling at a safe speed that allows you to be aware of any dangers and stop quickly.

 

Another danger is when cars change lanes into a motorcycle. This can happen quickly and requires you to make split-second decisions. The best way to avoid this danger is to be aware of what the traffic situations around you are at all times. Is there one lane that is going faster than others? Cars are likely to try to move into that lane. Also, be careful to avoid riding in another driver’s blind spot.

 

While these are just a few of the many dangers that you face on your ride, the biggest issue is cars turning left. The other driver will be at fault, but you will still be at risk for serious injury or death. The best way to avoid this is to always be prepared and aware when going through an intersection. Keep an eye on the driver waiting to turn left to see if they are distracted. This information is meant to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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