Bikers often find themselves in perilous situations through little fault of their own. Certainly, they choose to ride motorcycles on highways and surface streets dominated by vehicles. However, just as cyclists and pedestrians are, bikers are ultimately as deserving of safe travels as motorists are. Unfortunately, many bikers find themselves to be victims of motorcycle accidents as a result of motorist or trucker negligence. As a result, it is critical for bikers to remain vigilant while riding.
Numerous safety campaigns have urged motorists to share the road safely with bikers in recent years. However, many motorists and truckers do not even effectively share the road safely with each other. Rather, they choose to drive while distracted, drunk, drowsy and emotionally agitated. As a result, bikers cannot count on the safe choices of motor vehicle operators while they themselves are vulnerably traveling by motorcycle.
Bikers should first refrain from all the poor choices we just mentioned. By remaining sober, well-rested, attentive and calm, bikers will place themselves in a better position to remain safe while on the road. In addition, bikers should take safety courses in order to learn about the unique hazards that they face and how to mitigate them. Finally, they should be particularly attentive when turning, changing lanes and engaging in any other behavior in which an inattentive motorist might be most likely to crash into them.
A little vigilance, adequate safety training and outfitting oneself in sufficient safety gear will go a long way towards safe travels via motorcycle.
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