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Road safety is the responsibility of each driver

Motorcycle riders should do what they can to stay safe when they are out riding. This can help them to avoid some accidents, but it might help them to avoid them all. If you are out riding a motorcycle this summer, remember these tips:

You should make sure that you can handle your motorcycle. Buying a bike that is too powerful can be disastrous because you might not be able to control it when there are obstacles on the road. If you are concerned about the power of a specific motorcycle or are unsure of what you can handle, it is usually best to err on the side of caution and use the smaller option that is available.

Make sure that you are watching the drivers around you. It isn't your responsibility to always stay out of everyone else's way; however, it is sometimes better to yield to another driver if there is a risk of you being struck. Motorcycle accidents are deadly. In fact, you are 30 times more likely to die on a motorcycle than you are in a car. That increases for riders who are 60 years old or older.

Before each ride, double check your safety gear and make sure you have everything you need. Having your identification and medical insurance card handy can help you if you are struck by another motorist.

Ultimately, each driver on the road is responsible for their own actions. If another driver slams into you, seeking compensation is one of the possible reactions you might exercise when things settle down.

Source: Consumer Reports, "10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders," accessed June 08, 2018

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