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Know how to protect yourself from motorcycle accidents

As many motorcyclists in Texas will know, the roads can be a dangerous place. However, the thrill and enjoyment gained from riding a motorcycle is often enough to override any fear of harm. Fortunately, many motorcyclists get by without ever having an accident. However, countless others are not so lucky, suffering serious injuries or even death as a result of a crash.

Being on a motorcycle, you are automatically more at risk than you would be if you were in a car. One factor of this is that your vehicle is smaller and harder for others on the road to notice and avoid. The other side of it is that if an accident occurs, you have far less protection than someone in an enclosed vehicle.

However, there are a few things you can do to minimize the damage you suffer in the event that a motorcycle crash occurs. One of these is to ensure you have antilock brakes fitted on your motorcycle. The crucial benefit of these brakes is that they prevent your wheels from locking. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, bikes with these brakes fitted are associated with a 31 percent lower fatality rate.

Another important measure you can take is to purchase a helmet. Your head is one of the most fragile areas of your body, as any knock could damage your brain with life-changing consequences. However, estimates suggest that a helmet could reduce the chance of an accident proving fatal by 37 percent, while not wearing one could increase your risk of brain injury by three times.

Of course, if you have been involved in an accident, you may be wondering where to turn. If you are considering filing a compensation claim, or seeking a payout from your insurance provider, an attorney may be able to assist you.

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