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Traffic and motorcycle safety: Highway traffic vs. country roads

When you first purchased your motorcycle, perhaps you had dreams about riding mile after mile across open roads, taking in majestic scenery and fresh air. Maybe things changed when you started to use your bike to commute to and from work.

Now, you spend more time sitting in traffic and avoiding distracted drivers than you do enjoying country views. Riding your motorcycle on the highway comes with a completely different set of dangers than riding through the country on the weekends. Even if you take every precaution, it may be impossible to avoid every type of accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you might be entitled to compensation for injuries and property damage. An experienced injury attorney can help you file a claim to recoup your losses. Read further for tips to stay safe while riding in traffic.

Watch head movements

The head movements of drivers can help you determine if the driver is about to make a move. For example, if the driver looks over his left shoulder, he is more than likely about to change lanes to the left.

Don't totally rely on your mirrors

Use your mirrors to keep an eye on things going on behind you. However, do not completely rely on them. Keep in mind that you are only seeing a small part of what is happening back there. Take a quick look over your should to make a more complete assessment of the situation before you make a move.

Keep a finger on the brakes

While riding in traffic, you may have to make quick braking action. This is why it helps to keep one or two fingers on the brake level and your right foot in a position that it can hit the pedal. Always be ready to make a fast and unexpected stop as a reaction to drivers who are not paying attention.

Stay visible

Whether you ride with a brightly colored helmet or vest or keep your high beam on during the day, make every effort to stay visible to drivers and pedestrians. You do not want drivers pulling out in front of you or pedestrians stepping into the street as you are about to cross an intersection.

Stay in open spaces

While riding in traffic, try to stay in open spaces. Very often, there are open gaps between traffic groups. Try to stay in these spaces so that you have plenty of room to maneuver and adjust to changing conditions.

If you have suffered an injury due to an accident with a negligent driver, it is important to remember that you have legal rights. You may be able to file a claim to receive compensation for your injuries and the damage to your bike.

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