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What are common causes of motorcycle crashes?

Motorcycles don't have the safety features found on four-wheeled vehicles, but that doesn't mean that they are completely devoid of tools for staying safe on Texas roads.

Motorcycles have greater braking power than bigger vehicles. And if yours happens to be equipped with anti-lock brakes, chances are good that you'll be able to stop quicker and more safely in a dangerous situation.

Of course, having the tools and knowing best how to use them are separate issues. And even if you put them to work, you still face the risk of accidents due to the negligence of another driver. So, here are some thoughts on things you can do to prevent injury in a crash.

One thing we have touched on before -- proper safety gear. Bright colored outerwear and an approved helmet are important. But wait, there's more. Read on for some common causes of motorcycle accidents and possible ways to avoid them, courtesy of RideApart.com.

  1. A car turning into your path is the most common issue. Drive defensively. Use the greater visibility you have to get the big picture, assess the situation and take evasive action. Maintaining control and slowing down rather than laying down the bike is considered optimal.

  2. Debris in the road can come in a lot of different packages. All of them can cause a wipe out, especially in a curve. To avoid it, you need to see it. To do that, keep alert. Enter curves slower and on the outside to improve visibility. Once you see that all is clear ahead, you can speed up.

  3. Taking corners too fast. Ride only as fast as the visual clues indicate is safe. If you do enter the corner too fast, don't clamp down on the brakes or suddenly throttle down. Work to take things as smoothly as possible.

  4. Being struck from behind might be a fender bender for a car, but it can be deadly for a motorcyclist. Hugging the side of your lane at a stop makes you less of a target. Rapidly flashing your brakes while you wait can draw attention. And if you remain alert to what's behind, your location may give you a chance to get out of the way if someone's about to hit you.

Stay ahead of the curve and you'll likely be better off in the end.

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