Riders urged to learn measures to avoid motorcycle accidents

Every year, Minnesota police respond to numerous reports of collisions involving motorcycles. There have been three riders who have recently died in tragic motorcycle accidents. Though one of those crashes may have been caused by operator error, two of those deaths resulted from the actions of another motorist.

One of the most common causes of crashes can be attributed to motorists making a left turn in front of an approaching motorcycle. Two of those recently killed were a husband and wife who crashed when a car made such a turn in front of the group of motorcyclists with whom they were traveling. Though there are several agencies who encourage motorists to be aware of sharing the road, there remains a serious risk to motorcyclists from inattentive drivers who do not notice these smaller-profile vehicles.

In an effort to help motorcyclists take measures to protect themselves, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has offered several tips for riders to incorporate into their regular driving habits. One of these is that riders assume that they are invisible to other motorists. This may enable them to constantly be alert to the actions of traffic around them, including watching the wheels of other vehicles, as this is a good indication of the actions a driver may take. Motorcyclists are also reminded to focus on where they intend to drive and not what they wish to avoid.

Lastly, operators were reminded how to properly lean their machines and how to effectively brake. One of the greatest factors in reducing the chance of suffering serious injuries in motorcycle accidents is to reduce speed as much as possible in the moments before an impending collision. Minnesota travelers who have suffered a serious injury due to the negligent actions of another party are entitled to seek recompense for their monetary damages through the state's civil courts.

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