Motorcycle crashes come from many different factors that aren’t always easy to spot. There are some options that motorcyclists have to try to remain as safe as possible. Around 80 percent of crashes that involve a motorcycle lead to death or injury. Improving that statistic is something that is going to have to be done by motorcyclists and motorists alike.

On the part of the motorcyclist, safety starts before you get on the motorcycle. You need to make sure that you have a helmet that is less than five years old and that hasn’t ever been in a crash. It should be approved by the Department of Transportation to provide you with full protection. Not wearing a helmet means you are twice as likely to suffer a head injury in a crash.

Try not to ride when the weather isn’t nice or when you aren’t able to operate the motorcycle properly. Never get on a motorcycle when you are drunk or otherwise impaired, including when you are tired.

Intersections are particularly dangerous, so make sure you are paying close attention here. Around half of all wrecks happen at intersections, which is one area where you can’t let your guard down. Be especially careful if it appears that a motorist will turn left since this is the most common situation in which accidents occur.

Motorcycle wrecks can lead to very serious injuries for the rider. You may need medical care and might need to take time off work. If another motorist was the cause of the accident, you may choose to seek compensation for the crash.