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Can motorcycle riders protect themselves on the road?

If you enjoy riding a motorcycle on the Ohio roadways, you also probably know some of the risks associated with the pastime. Motorcyclists are at increased risk during an accident because they aren't protected by the same safety features as car and truck drivers. While there are some ways motorcyclists can protect themselves against death or injury during an accident, they should also know how to recover losses associated with an accident caused by another driver.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the only measure shown to be scientifically effective in reducing injuries and deaths is mandated helmet laws. While not all riders are required to wear helmets in all locations, the results from the CDC research indicate that it is likely in the best interest of riders to do so.

Not driving while intoxicated is another safety measure that the CDC reports has some likely positive impacts. Safety measures that might be helpful but are not yet backed by scientific evidence include wearing various safety clothing, taking rider training courses and promoting awareness of motorcycles on the roadway.

Motorcyclists can't mandate safety for all other drivers; they can only operate in as safe a manner as possible themselves. This means you can reduce the chance of an accident but not prevent 100 percent of the risk. If you do what you can to increase safety on the road, however, then you also increase the chance that any accident you might be in is the fault of another driver.

When motorcyclists are injured in collisions and liability for the accident rests with another driver, then the motorcyclist can often recover damages from the other driver or insurance company. That compensation helps you cover expenses during medical treatment and recovery periods.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Motorcycle Safety Guide: Summary of Motorcycle Safety Efforts," accessed Oct. 02, 2015

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