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3 things you can do to stay safe on a motorcycle

No matter how experienced you are, you always face some significant risks when you ride a motorcycle. When someone in a car or a pickup truck makes a mistake and causes an accident, your injuries could be far worse than theirs. In some cases, motorcyclists are killed in accidents that leave other drivers without a scratch.

So, what can you do to stay safe? Here are three things that can help:

1. Look out for people who want to make left turns

Few things are as common as accidents caused by drivers who do not see motorcycles and just make the turn right into their lane. This is a high-risk situation and you must be alert.

2. Meet the driver's eyes

Do not just look at the car. If someone is waiting to pull out of a driveway, for instance, look through the window and make eye contact before you go by. Then you know if they actually saw you or not. Be extra wary of distracted drivers who are looking down at their phones.

3. Wear reflective vests

These are often made in bright colors -- yellow, green, orange -- and have reflective strips on them. They make you far more visible than a black leather jacket. As noted above, many accidents happen because drivers do not see motorcycles until the moment of impact. Bright colors and reflective clothes can help combat this issue.

These tips can reduce your risks and keep you safe, but nothing guarantees you will never get in an accident. Be sure that you understand your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.

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