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Do you understand the causes of motorcycle accidents?

Motorcyclists don't want to think about being involved in an accident, as they realize this can lead to serious injury or even death. Even so, every motorcyclist should be aware of common causes of accidents, as this allows them to take steps toward a safer experience on the road.

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, with these three among the most common:

-- A vehicle turns left in front of you. The best way to avoid this is to pay attention to your surroundings at all times. If a car does not see you coming or a driver misjudges your speed, this type of accident can still occur.

-- Gravel or debris on the roadway. Even though townships, counties, and states have the responsibility of maintaining safe roadways, they don't always do so. For instance, an accumulation of gravel can lead to disaster for a motorcyclist.

-- Car changes lanes into you. Here is the problem with this: There is not much you can do to avoid this type of accident. Your best bet is to make yourself visible at all times, meaning you should never ride in a vehicle's blind spot.

These are just a few of the many reasons why motorcycle accidents happen. As a motorcyclist, you want to be aware of these reasons. You also want to become familiar with the rules of the road.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, medical attention is your primary responsibility. From there, once you are feeling better, you can then learn more about the accident, including who was at fault.

Source: RideApart, "10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and how to avoid them," accessed Oct. 27, 2015

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