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Why motorcyclists are like soldiers in battle

If you've ever been to battle -- in a real combat situation -- you know that that this analogy doesn't come close to being accurate, but perhaps it could serve an important purpose. When you go out on the road on a motorcycle, you need to be as careful and attentive to details as a soldier going into battle.

Like a soldier looking ahead for the risk of a potential ambush on the other side of a mountain pass or in a dense thicket of jungle -- a motorcyclist needs to scan one's terrain for a surprise automobile appearing out of nowhere at an intersection or coming out of a parking lot. You also need to look out for patches of gravel, dirt, ice and puddles in the road ahead -- especially at turns -- so your wheels don't accidentally slip out from under you.

For motorcyclists and soldiers, quick reflexes are essential. Just the same, however, you want to avoid any situation you can that makes your life depend on those reflexes. As such, a soldier might choose to take the long way around a river in order to avoid exposing himself while walking across a highly visible bridge that could be vulnerable to snipers. Just the same, a motorcyclist may want to avoid densely crowded city streets -- especially ones near shopping malls -- where distracted drivers are unexpectedly darting here and there. Instead, a motorcyclist will want to stick to freeways when possible because the drivers will not be turning through your right-of-way potentially causing you to t-bone them.

Similar to being a soldier in battle, the slightest error -- the smallest lapse in judgment -- means death. This is why motorcyclists need to be careful, attentive and follow the rules of the road. If, in spite of all your efforts to stay safe, you get seriously hurt because of an irresponsible or negligent driver, know that you have the legal right to pursue financial compensation in court.

Source: Cruiser, "11 Tips for Motorcyclists to Avoid Accidents," Jim Ouellet, accessed June 23, 2017

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