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Are motorcycle accidents preventable?

There are many motorcyclists in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Riders love motorcycles because they are convenient, save gas costs and bring them a unique sense of freedom. Howeverr, operating a motorcycle has inherent risks. Motorcycle accidents have long been associated with catastrophic injuries. Lack of experience and bad road conditions are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Riders should equip themselves with the right amount of knowledge to help them prevent motorcycle accidents.

It is important to understand that motorcycle accidents can be single motorcycle accident or a collision with other vehicles. For single motorcycle accidents, riders can easily prevent them by learning to assess road conditions. Keep in mind that motorcycles are unstable vehicles and operating them requires proper skills and techniques. Riders should look out for potholes or patches of gravel when travelling on unfamiliar roads. When it comes to collisions with other vehicles, riders should be cautious when they are riding next to a four-wheeled vehicle. Some drivers fail to recognize smaller vehicles such as motorcycles when they merge into traffic. Motorcyclists can easily lose control when they get hit by other vehicles. Riders should always wear reflective vests to ensure visibility.

Motorcycle accidents, like any other traffic accidents, are often preventable. With the right amount of knowledge and by following traffic rules and regulations, both drivers and motorcyclists can help prevent accidents that often lead to fatalities.

In case of a motorcycle accident, the party who acted recklessly prior to collision can be held accountable. If the accident was caused by a driver who had failed to recognize a motorcyclist, the latter can seek compensation for serious personal injuries.

Source: Californiabiker.org, "Avoiding motorcycle accidents," accessed on Jan. 26, 2015

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