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Kentucky police redouble motorcycle safety efforts

Although Labor Day is popularly considered to be the unofficial end of summer, motorcyclists in Kentucky still have time to enjoy the open road. This fact, however, shouldn't cause bikers to let their guard down, since the potential for accidents is still present.

In fact, as the cooler months approach, many motorists may be thinking less and less about taking precautions for motorcyclists. Fewer motorcycles may be on the road, but if drivers aren't paying enough attention, serious accidents can happen.

One representative of the Kentucky State Patrol noted that he will be dedicating his efforts to reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. He offered a few tips for bikers and other motorists to keep in mind as they hit the road:

  • Drivers should be attentive to the fact that motorcyclists may be on the road.
  • Cars and trucks taking left-hand turns can be especially dangerous for bikers, so extra care should be taken to ensure that the oncoming lane of traffic is clear.
  • Motorcyclists should also be very sensitive to their surroundings.

The state patrol officer also noted the fact that motorcycles don't have many of the safety features of passenger vehicles. As such, the severity of an injury can be amplified in a motorcycle crash. This, of course, can cause severe pain and sizable medical bills.

Of course, many experienced motorcyclists are concerned about safety and take the necessary precautions, but that doesn't mean drivers adopt the same attitude. In the event that a motorcycle accident is caused by the carelessness of another motorist, it may be possible to take action with a personal injury claim.

Source: WPSD News, "Law enforcement keeps close eye on motorcycle safety," Mychaela Bruner, Aug. 31, 2013

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