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These common incidents are serious risks to motorcyclists

There are many dangers on the roads, and motorcyclists have to be particularly careful. Getting into an accident with no frame around you means you could be thrown or impacted directly by an oncoming vehicle, causing serious, life-threatening injuries.

Some of the dangers motorcyclists face include oncoming traffic, turning vehicles and panic stops. One of the problems with oncoming traffic is that a driver who isn't paying attention could cross the center line. That driver ends up in the path of the motorcyclist, who may not have time to get out of the way. Even if the motorcyclist does try to maneuver his vehicle, he could end up in a collision when the driver looks up and tries to correct himself.

Another danger is the risk of turning vehicles. When a vehicle turns left out of a parking lot and onto the roadway, the driver should look to the left to make sure no one is coming. Unfortunately, some people miscalculate how fast a motorcyclist is traveling or don't notice the motorcyclist at all. This results in a head-on collision that can throw the cyclist. If the cyclist maneuvers, he may still need to lay down the motorcycle, risking road rash and severe injuries.

Of course, another serious risk is when a motorcyclist is following behind a driver who suddenly slams on the brakes. Quickly braking a motorcycle can cause the front wheel to lock up, throwing the motorcyclist over the steering column. It's important for drivers and motorcyclists to slow down and to be cautious to avoid sudden braking.

After an injury, the last thing you should be worrying about is finances. With a claim against a dangerous driver, you could have your medical expenses and other financial needs covered by the negligent party.

Source: CheatSheet, "10 Biggest Dangers to Motorcyclists on the Road," Collin Woodard, accessed Feb. 10, 2017

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