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Motorcycles can be a lot of fun, but they also have the potential to put you in danger. As a smaller vehicle, motorcycles can be more difficult for drivers to see. They also offer little in the way of protection, so if you are hit, the chances are that you will get hurt.

As a motorcyclist, you can take steps to stay safe on the roads, even though you are at a higher risk of injuries than some others. You can wear bright colors, make eye contact and slow down when approaching intersections. Still, drivers often make mistakes that cannot be avoided.

Motorcyclists are at a higher risk of death in crashes

In 2017, 5,172 motorcyclists and their riders died in motor vehicle collisions. Motorcyclists made up 14% of all traffic fatalities that year, even though they make up only 3% of total registered vehicles and .6% of the miles traveled on U.S. roadways.

As you know, the majority of vehicles on the roads aren't motorcycles. That means that drivers may not be thinking of motorcyclists being present when they head out. That's a problem and what has led to the fact that the majority of motorcycle collisions being caused by drivers who violated the motorcyclist's right of way, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Drivers may be distracted, not see a motorcyclist who was obscured by an object in the driver's line of sight or simply not anticipate the motorcyclist's movements. Regardless, they often put motorcyclists in danger.

If you are hit by a driver, know your rights. You can pursue a claim for the injuries you've suffered.

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