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Why do motorcycle accidents happen?

As a motorcyclist, you understand the importance of following the rules of the road. After all, one mistake could cause an accident that results in injury or even death.

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, all of which should be understood by motorcyclists as well as drivers of other types of vehicles:

-- A car turns left in front of you. This can happen at any time, most commonly at an intersection. The best way to avoid this is to be aware of your surroundings. This way, you will see if another car is about to make this decision.

-- A car changes lanes and hits you as a result. Since your motorcycle is not as large as other vehicles, it is easy to get lost in someone's blind spot. If this happens, a car could change lanes and strike you as a result.

-- A vehicle hits you from behind. When a driver is not paying attention, such as at a traffic light or stop sign, you could be struck from behind. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to avoid this type of accident.

These are just a few of the many reasons why motorcycle accidents happen. If you spend any time on a motorcycle, make sure you are aware of these common causes and what you can do to avoid trouble.

Even the safest motorcyclists can be involved in an accident. If you find yourself in this situation, wait for help to arrive. You should then receive immediate medical attention to ensure that your injuries are dealt with in the appropriate manner.

Source: RideApart, "10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and how to avoid them," accessed Dec. 09, 2015

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