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Motorcycle awareness is necessary as we get closer to winter

Motorcycle awareness is vital for all drivers in Ohio. Motorcyclists will continue heading out on the open road until the weather makes it impossible to do so. More than half of motorcycle crashes that lead to a death have another vehicle involved. In most cases, the motorist, not the motorcyclist, is at fault for the accident.

One reason why motorcycles are involved in accidents with other vehicles is because drivers don't pay enough attention when they drive. Motorcycles are small, which makes them appear farther away, and have a narrow profile, which makes it easy for them to be hidden behind other objects.

In some cases, a motorcycle is involved in an accident because a driver doesn't leave enough stopping distances between his or her vehicle and the motorcycle. Motorcyclists don't always have to hit the brakes to stop or slow down. Instead, they can downshift or let off the throttle to slow down. When they do that, drivers won't see the brake lights illuminate. Additionally, motorcycles have the same distance requirements for stopping on dry pavement as cars, but often need more distance on wet pavement.

Some drivers might mistakenly think that because a motorcycle is very maneuverable, the motorcyclist should be able to avoid an accident. That, however, isn't the case. Motorcyclists might not be able to react in time or react in a safe manner to avoid an accident. In some cases, wet pavement and other factors might make maneuvering very difficult.

If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured by another driver, you have the right to seek compensation. Holding the other driver accountable for the accident and seeking financial compensation are possible.

Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, "QUICK TIPS: Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles," accessed Aug. 30, 2015

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