According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders die at a rate 27 times higher than people in cars. This means that motorcyclists face significant threats when they take to the roads of Massachusetts. There are, however, some important safety tips to follow to stay safe when enjoying time on a motorcycle.

First, before a person even gets on a motorcycle, they must have the right license to do so. Once they have gotten a license and have made sure that their new motorcycle is safe, they may wish to practice operating it on safe and familiar streets before taking it out into busy or crowded places.

Second, while on the road, motorcyclists should exercise caution to avoid collisions with other vehicles. Even though many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, motorcyclists who practice defensive driving and pay attention to their surroundings may be able to anticipate problems and avoid them before dangerous crashes occur. Wearing the right safety gear, such as protective clothing and helmets, can also help keep motorcyclists safe.

All drivers who take to Massachusetts roads and highways should exercise caution to avoid collisions, but it is an unfortunate fact that motorcyclists who are hit often suffer significant and life-threatening harm. After a motorcycle crash, a victim may wish to seek the counsel of a legal professional to better understand if their losses may be pursued through litigation. Having taken precautions to protect themselves and avoid accidents may help them build their case against the driver whose negligence resulted in their devastating collision.