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Three keys to safety for motorcycle riders

There is something about riding a motorcycle that never gets old. Perhaps it is the adrenaline rush that comes with the quick acceleration, the ability to quickly weave through traffic, and to hug turns at high speeds. Given the width of our roads, riding motorcycles in Kansas City can be thrilling. However, riding motorcycles comes with certain dangers, and everyone who loves being on a bike should be aware of them.

With that, this post will focus on the common dangers facing motorcycle riders and how they can avoid them.

Stay out of blind spots – There is a reason why you still see signs and bumper stickers that say “start seeing motorcycles.” A surprising number of car-motorcycle accidents are caused by lane changes and right hand turns where a driver does not see a rider. Because of this, motorcycle riders must be mindful of how drivers may be engrossed in their own worlds (instead of looking for hazards).

Don’t drink and ride – You hear all of the public service announcements imploring drivers not to drink and drive. Well motorcycle riders should follow suit; especially considering how alcohol affects a rider’s  judgment and balance.

Resist the urge to do tricks - Indeed, it is fun to show off your moves and add some additional thrills to your experience by doing tricks. However, doing them in traffic (as opposed to an open parking lot) could lead to trouble. So keep the tricks where they should belong: on the practice track.

The preceding is not legal advice. If you have been injured in a car-motorcycle accident in the Kansas City metro area, we invite you to contact us. 

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