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Know how to avoid possible problems when riding

Riding a motorcycle around the streets of Lake Charles can be challenging. It is imperative that you know how to avoid close calls when you are riding so that you have a better chance of making it home safe.

Two of the most dangerous times for motorcyclists are when they cross intersections and when they come to a stop. In both of these cases, you have to remain aware of what is going on around you. If you are coming upon an intersection, take a quick look at the oncoming traffic to determine if the other drivers are slowing down or stopping as they should.

If you are stopping, keep an eye on your rear view mirror so that you can see if the vehicles behind you are stopping. If they aren't, you might be able to take evasive action to avoid being hit from behind. In some cases, you may even need to ride up onto the shoulder to avoid getting rear-ended while you are on your motorcycle.

Another issue that you will face as you ride is that your motorcycle has a small profile. This makes it easy for shrubbery, other vehicles and similar obstacles to prevent other drivers from seeing your motorcycle. With this in mind, you should pay close attention to the body language of other drivers so that you can determine what they are going to do.

If you are hit while on your motorcycle, you might decide that you want to take action to recoup some of the damages you suffered in the crash. Seeking compensation from the driver who ran into you is one way you can do this.

Source: Motorcyclist Online, "How To Avoid Close Calls On Your Motorcycle," Ken Condon, accessed Jan. 26, 2017

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