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Motorcyclists: Never trust other drivers

When you're on your motorcycle, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is simply to trust that other drivers are not going to make mistakes. You cannot do it. If you put that trust in a driver who does make a critical error, it is likely you who is going to pay the price.

For instance, maybe you have the right of way as you head down a two-lane road and an oncoming driver slows down to turn left. They're supposed to wait for traffic to pass through before turning. That means they wait for you, and you don't have to worry.

But what if they turn? What if they fail to give you the right of way? If that happens, they turn right in front of your motorcycle. The driver may be completely fine, but you could be seriously injured or killed as your bike plows into the front panel of that car. You'll be thrown from the bike and land in the street. If you escape without major, life-threatening injuries, you know you have gotten very lucky indeed.

This is one of the most dangerous accidents a motorcyclist can ever get into, and it's also one of the most common. That's why you can't blindly trust other drivers. Keep a close eye on them, watch for warning signs and prepare to react the second they make a mistake. You know that it's coming, and you need to be ready for it.

Of course, even this can't guarantee you won't get involved in a crash. If you get hit, make sure you know what rights you have to compensation.

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