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Riding a motorcycle through Belleville is like playing a game of chess. The difference is that while you are planning three, four or five moves ahead, you also have to watch out for threats coming from all directions at very high speeds.

In general, people operating a motor vehicle tend to be blind when it comes to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles. Even though such a driver could be liable for the injuries that result from their negligent driving, it is up to you to take steps to ensure your own safety every time you climb onto your bike in Belleville.

Even though you might have years of experience as a rider, it is still important to brush up on safety techniques periodically. Here are a few ways you can decrease your chances of a motorcycle accident the next time you go for a ride.

Prepare yourself mentally

While riding a motorcycle can bring a sense of freedom, relief or absolute joy, it is not always the answer to problems you might experience. For instance, it is never a good idea to ride angry or overly emotional. If you do not have a clear head, you could end up taking more risks than usual. Shake off whatever is bothering you before you go for a ride so that your mind is clear when you hit the road.

Prepare to slide

What you wear is extremely important when you climb on a motorcycle. Whether you are making a quick trip to the convenience store or heading out for a day trip, you should wear protective gear. Sliding across the pavement in shorts and t-shirt can have devastating consequences for your skin. Protect yourself by wearing a strong layer of clothing that can protect you in case you have to lay the bike down.

Assume you're invisible

Remember how people driving cars and truck are blind to motorcycles? That blindness can extend to just about anyone on the road. Always assume that no one, not even other riders, will see you. Even if you are wearing the most obnoxiously yellow jacket, other people may not see you. This means that in order to avoid an accident, you have to pay attention for everyone.

There are other dangers besides traffic

Traffic is not the only thing you need to worry about when you go for a ride. Potholes, loose gravel, sharp corners and various liquids on the road can also be very dangerous for motorcycle riders. The key to avoiding these hazards is to always pay attention and have a contingency plan ready in case things go sideways.

While the above tips can help you stay safe the next time you go out for a ride, sometimes it is not possible to avoid the negligent or reckless acts of another motorist. If this happens, keep in mind that you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and other damages that resulted from a motorcycle accident.

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