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5 Common Motorcycle Accidents - And How To Avoid Them

As the summer comes to an end and we begin making our way through the fall, bikers will likely fight to squeeze in as much riding as possible. Whether it is riding to work on a sunny, Autumn day, or taking a road trip over a crisp, cool weekend, Massachusetts roads will be heavily populated with motorcycles over the next two months.

Even a seasoned rider, however, can face danger on the roads. Whether you are riding on city streets, country roads or highways, it is crucial to be mindful of your surroundings and be aware of the dangers you face.

Ride Apart took the time to examine 10 of the most common types of motorcycle crashes that happen on our nation's roads each year. We will look at five of them, and discuss how they might be avoided.

Cars turning left: Unfortunately, many cars or trucks make turns without clearing the path. A car turning left across an intersection without seeing you entering the intersection can make for a deadly collision. Here's a situation where you as the motorcycle rider need to enter every situation cautiously. In this scenario, it is wise to assume that the drivers around you will simply make the wrong decision. By assuming that a car is going to turn directly into your path, you can be ready to react.

Cars changing lanes: Again, it is impossible to read another driver's mind, but you can often see into the future. If a car seems to be accelerating or decelerating to make room for a lane change - watch yourself. Additionally, if you notice the driver looking over his or her shoulder (albeit ineffectively) this might be a clear indication that he or she is going to change lanes. Here, as in the earlier example, protect yourself by being aware of your surroundings. Simply assuming that a car is going to change lanes can help you map out a safe path around the vehicle.

Cars opening doors: The temptation to lane-split is often overwhelming. The worst part of this, however, would be to ride between a lane of parked traffic and a slow-moving lane of active cars. Ride Apart's advice was fairly clear about when navigating traffic this way was acceptable: "Never, ever, ever, ever."

Slippery surfaces: Even in the height of the summer, it might rain. As temperatures change, you might have to deal with wet roads due to rain, condensation or frost. In many cases, the general speed rule is applicable - don't drive faster than you feel safe. If the roads are slippery, slow down. Additionally, you can prepare by ensuring that you're running reasonable, non-worn-out tires. Be aware of thermoplastic paint and manhole covers - those surfaces can become very slippery very fast.

Unexpectedly tight corners: While it's impossible to plan for the unexpected, you should be aware that you might find yourself in unfamiliar environments. Treat every blind corner as if there will be stopped traffic, debris in the road or a hairpin corner and you'll be fine.

As the weather turns cold, gray and wet make sure to stay safe out there. Numerous factors can turn an otherwise peaceful ride into a nightmare accident. If you were injured on your motorcycle, though, it is important to know that a skilled personal injury attorney can provide the legal guidance you need.

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