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Protecting yourself on a motorcycle from common accidents

The Lehigh Valley is one of the best regions in Pennsylvania to ride a motorcycle. The roads are open, wide and surrounded by nature. With the fall foliage on the way, more and more motorcycles will be on the road taking in all this beautiful region has to offer. Here's how you can protect yourself on a motorcycle from common accidents.

It's not uncommon for other vehicles to slam into the back of motorcycles, especially when the bikes are stopped at an intersection. There's not much you can do to avoid this when in motion, but you can put yourself in favorable spots when stopped. Place your bike in between two stopped cars at an intersection so no one can hit you from behind. If there's no car in front of you, put the bike as close to the side of the road as possible.

An accident that happens all too often involves a vehicle making a left turn in front of a motorcycle. Even if you make yourself visible to other drivers, they still might cut in front of you or not even see you when making a turn. You need to anticipate this happening and prepare yourself for evasive maneuvers.

Operating your bike in a curve or when making a turn is very dangerous. You cannot take turns or curves going too fast. If you do, you will likely crash the bike. Take turns and curves slower than the posted speed limit, but not too slowly.

When involved in a motorcycle accident, it's a smart move to learn as much as you can about seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Even if you suffered a minor injury, an attorney will be able to guide you in the proper direction.

Source: Law Offices of Edward P. Shaughnessy, "Advocating The Rights Of Motorcycle Accident Victims," accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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