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Motorcyclist woes: Stay safe while you ride

Motorcyclists love this time of year in Ohio because they can get back out on the roads without having to layer up in winter gear. Of course, even in warm weather, riding a motorcycle creates risks. Drivers are less likely to see motorcyclists, and they're also more likely to underestimate how fast a motorcyclist is traveling.

Motorcyclists don't have protection in a collision. There is no frame around them. Even with helmets and the right riding gear, falling off a motorcycle or getting hit can be extremely dangerous.

What are some injuries motorcyclists face in a crash?

Some of the injuries motorcyclists may face include:

  • Road rash
  • Head injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Crushing injuries from the motorcycle or other vehicle falling on the person's body
  • Broken bones
  • Puncture wounds

In any case involving a motorcycle crash, it's vital that witnesses call 911 immediately. Even at low speeds, it's possible for motorcyclists to suffer serious injuries. Quick treatment is a necessity to prevent the worsening of the rider's condition.

What can riders do to help prevent crashes?

Riding safely is the key to avoiding crashes. For example, if you plan to ride in the evening, using your light and wearing reflective gear is important, since it lets other drivers know that you're present on the roadways. Another tip is to use a horn or loud sound to draw attention as you enter intersections or to indicate that you want to pass. Simply making yourself more obvious is a great way to reduce the risk of getting into a crash.

If you suffer injuries in a motorcycle crash as the result of a motorist's negligence or recklessness, it's wise to determine what your legal options are for seeking compensation to cover your expenses and damages.

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