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What are some dangers motorcyclists face?

When you are operating a motorcycle, you face some very real dangers. These dangers aren't limited only to what you cause yourself. In fact, many of the dangers that you will face are caused by other drivers. Understanding some of the most serious dangers that you face might help you to stay a bit safer.

What are the dangers of riding behind another vehicle?

Other vehicles might stop suddenly. Even though many drivers don't think about slamming on their brakes in a car, this could have devastating effects on a motorcyclist. When you brake, the front brakes do 70 percent of the work. This means that if you apply too much pressure to the brakes, your bike could flip. There is also the risk of the vehicle in front of you throwing rocks and other debris. Since you don't have a large windshield like a car, those thrown objects could injure you.

What other dangers do other vehicles pose?

Some drivers don't watch for motorcyclists like they should. Even if they aren't in motion, other vehicles can still be hazardous. For example, someone might open a car door without paying attention to where you are. This could lead to you being injured. A distracted driver might drift into your lane or turn right in front of you. These could lead to an accident if you aren't able to take evasive maneuvers.

In the case of an accident that was the other driver's fault, you could likely seek compensation from the other driver for the injuries you suffer. Understanding the Connecticut laws pertaining to motorcycle accidents and knowing how to combat the bias against bikers could help you as you make your claim.

Source: Autos CheatSheet, "10 Biggest Dangers to Motorcyclists on the Road," Collin Woodard, accessed Jan. 19, 2017

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