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How can motorcyclists avoid risks this spring?

As the spring approaches, it's time to start thinking about motorcycle safety. More people are heading out onto the roads as the weather warms, and there are many risks to consider.

Spring is unpredictable, and that's something to keep in mind when you head out. Bad weather can hit in an instant, and that puts you and others at risk of being involved in an accident. Rainstorms make the roads slick. Make sure your tires have good tread. Additionally, be vigilant when the rain is heavy because larger vehicles take longer to stop. If a driver doesn't see you, he or she could slide on the wet ground and crash into you. Remember that even if the rain has stopped, the roads may still be slick.

It's also a good idea to ride in a group with other motorcyclists in the spring. When you ride with multiple people, you'll have more than one set of eyes at your disposal to look for potential and upcoming hazards. As a group, you'll also be more visible to other vehicles on the road.

By focusing on the roadway and taking a defensive stance while you ride your motorcycle, you can help prevent accidents. Even if others make a mistake, your vigilance may avoid a collision. If you are hit, though, you do have options. You may be able to seek compensation through the other driver's insurance, or you could choose to sue that driver directly if he or she does not have insurance coverage following the accident. There's no reason for you to foot the bill for his or her negligence.

Source: Coverhound, "Motorcycle Spring Safety," accessed March 13, 2017

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