The best way to avoid becoming the next motorcycle statistic is to pay serious attention to safety. Many motorcycle accidents can be avoided by constant vigilance and education about the safest way to ride. Here are some of the most important safety tips to keep you riding on the road for many years to come.

Wear a helmet
The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that wearing a motorcycle helmet significantly reduces the incidence of head injuries in accidents. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in a crash while not wearing a helmet, 37 would have survived if they had been wearing a helmet. And that doesn't even count the enormous reduction in non-fatal injuries achieved by helmets. Make sure your helmet meets Department of Transportation standards and have one available for passengers. And keep in mind that in many states it's illegal to ride without a helmet.

Get a motorcycle license
Most states require that bikers get a special motorcycle license in order to ride on the roads. Usually, riders must pass a knowledge test and a skills test. Some states require bikers to also take a motorcycle safety course. Going through these hoops pays off when it comes to safety. more than one-quarter of all motorcyclists killed in crashes did not have a proper motorcycle license.

Get professional training
Motorcycle riders who are self-taught or taught by friends account for more than 90 percent of bikers involved in motorcycle accidents. Getting professional training in motorcycle riding could save your life.

Don't drink and ride
 About half of the accidents involving a single motorcycle are caused by speeding or alcohol use --usually, these go hand in hand. Not only is it against the law to drink and ride a motorcycle, but it's also extremely dangerous

Wear protective clothing
Protect yourself by wearing goggles or sunglasses, a jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants, and boots. Your clothing should be made of abrasion-resistant material, such as leather, and fit close to the body. Loose clothing can impair your vision. Choose bright colors so that other motorists can see you.

Maintain your bike

 Making sure your motorcycle is in excellent running condition is of the utmost importance to safety. And don't confine your maintenance to the engine and brakes. Frequently check your tires, headlamps, turn signals and other gear.

Don't share lanes
Cars don't expect to be sharing a lane with other vehicles. Drivers tend to look for cars in other lanes, and often won't notice a motorcycle sharing a lane with them. Motorists might make a quick lane change or drift to one side, with serious consequences to the motorcycle rider. 

Know your skill level
 Know your skills, and ride accordingly. Riding on the road is not the time to test your expertise or to overestimate your ability.

Learn about the common causes of motorcycle accidents
 Knowledge is your friend. Learn about the most common situations that lead to motorcycle accidents. Think of ways you could avoid those accidents, take note when those situations might occur, and when you are in those situations, take extra care. (To learn about the common causes of motorcycle accidents,

Avoid road hazards
 Road hazards, including debris in the road or slick conditions, are more dangerous for motorcycles than for cars and can lead to severe injuries. Some conditions that are dangerous to bikers are not readily known. Take the time to learn about the many road dangers and learn how to handle your bike safely when presented with those hazards. (To learn about common road hazards and how to avoid them
If you are in a motorcycle accident and wish to recover for your injuries or other losses, consider consulting with an attorney for advice or representation. For help on choosing a good personal injury attorney

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