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Motorcycles are dangerous, but you can reduce that danger

Again and again, reports show that motorcycles are far more dangerous than cars. The fatality rate, when looking at accidents, simply stands far higher for bikes. They lack many of the protective systems that are so common in modern cars and they expose the riders to a high level of risk.

Remember, you don't have to make a mistake to get into a motorcycle accident. You can be an experienced, safe rider and still get hit when someone runs a red light or turns in front of you. It happens. What can you do to make riding safer?

Become a defensive rider

First and foremost, become a defensive motorcyclist. This means watching for mistakes that others make and always putting yourself in the best position to avoid a crash. Double-check at intersections, even when you have the right of way. Avoid driving in someone's blind spot. Stay far away from drivers who are clearly distracted or even intoxicated.

The key here is to understand that most accidents involving motorcycles are actually caused by drivers in other vehicles. They are your biggest threat. Keep that in mind and protect yourself when you ride.

Practice often

Your skill on your bike matters tremendously when you have to make a split-second decision to avoid an accident. Many people feel safe when riding conditions are perfect, but they don't know what to do when anything goes wrong. The more practice you have, and the more comfortable you feel on the bike, the better you will naturally perform in an emergency.

Invest in proper gear

The two tips above help you avoid accidents, but what if you get into one, anyway? Don't worry. There are still ways to make riding safer, and it all comes down to gear.

Your gear, after all, is your safety system. You need to have a proper helmet, preferably with a full face mask. Make sure it is a helmet that is rated for riding a bike. Get yourself padded leather clothes that slide well on the pavement and protect your skin. Wear motorcycle boots. Never hop on your bike in nothing by a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, along with walking shoes.

Your gear can also help to prevent accidents. Instead of black clothes, which blend in, consider bright green, yellow, red or orange options. Think about buying a jacket or a vest with reflective material if you think you will ride at night. Do everything you can to make yourself visible, as many accidents happen because drivers just do not see motorcycles.

Your options

These tips help but, as noted above, accidents do happen. If you suffer injuries, you need to know what options you have in Arizona to seek out compensation.

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