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What can you do to prevent motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents, like the majority of car accidents, are preventable with awareness, vigilance, and proper precautions. Whether you ride a motorcycle in Washington or you simply want to do your part to protect two-wheeled motorists on the road, there are a few simple things you can change about the way you drive and operate to protect yourself and others on the road. StateFarm shares with you just a few of them.

According to the insurance giant, 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or fatalities. This in and of itself makes it all the more important to do everything you can to keep motorcyclists safe. If you are a motorcycle operator, you can protect yourself by gearing up. Wear long pants and sleeves made from leather or another protective material. Do not forget your gloves and eye protection, and wear motorcycle boots that cover your ankles. Make sure other motorists see you by wearing bright colors with reflective elements.

Always wear a helmet. Your helmet should be bright colored to increase visibility and have a face shield. Motorcycle operators who crash without a helmet on are two times more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury than those who wore a helmet.

Whether you are a motorcycle operator or the operator of a passenger vehicle, be alert. Do not text and drive if you operate a passenger vehicle. If you are a motorcyclist, lookout for distracted drivers. Additionally, you should watch for patches of sand, gravel, railroad tracks and other hazards that may pose a threat to your safety. 

At intersections, be vigilant of vehicles coming from all directions. Unfortunately, motorists turning left often pose the greatest threat to motorcycle operators.

Do not speed or drink and drive. Speeding plays a role in more than one-third of fatal motorcycle accidents, while more than 40 percent of motorcyclists who die in single-vehicle accidents are alcohol-impaired.

As a reminder to all motorists - know that the majority of collisions involving passenger vehicles and motorcycles are not the fault of the motorcycle operator. As a motorist, you should always check your blind spots, avoid distractions and signal your intentions. By working together, motorcyclists and vehicle operators can prevent collisions and costly or even fatal damages.

The information shared here is for educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. 

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