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What happens in a motorcycle accident?

As a motorcyclist, you hope you are never involved in an accident. If the worst happens, you could suffer a serious injury.

Since no two motorcycle accidents are the same, you never know what could happen if you are involved in a crash with another vehicle. Even so, you realize one thing to be true — you don't have much protection between you, the other vehicle and the road.

It goes without saying that a motorcycle is not nearly as safe as a passenger vehicle. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that you aren't surrounded by a cage that is full of safety features.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, there is a good chance that you will end up on the pavement. There are many factors that will determine your injuries, including how fast you were moving, the type of vehicle with which you collided and the area where the accident occurred.

Even though there is nothing you can do to completely eliminate the risk of a motorcycle crash, you should consider the benefits of wearing safety gear. This starts with a helmet, but also includes things such as leather pants and boots.

A motorcycle accident can be a painful experience that changes your life forever. This is why motorcyclists must be proactive at all times about safety.

Do your best to avoid trouble on the road. This means driving in a cautious manner, while avoiding vehicles that are being driven recklessly.

If you are involved in an accident, don't wait to receive treatment. Even if you feel that you can walk away from the scene, it's essential to be examined by an experienced medical team.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The Anatomy of a Motorcycle Crash," accessed July 27, 2016

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