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Motorcycle Driving Safety Tips

The practices of some riders are offensive to other motorists (e.g., weaving in and out of stalled traffic, riding on shoulders). Being inconsiderate of other motorists creates a negative image for all riders, and can cause crashes. Be especially alert at intersections because approximately 70 percent of motorcycle-vehicle collisions occur there! Watch for vehicles that may unexpectedly turn in front of you or pull out from a side street or driveway. At intersections where vision is limited by shrubbery, parked vehicles, or buildings, slow down, make doubly sure of traffic, and be prepared to react quickly. Check the rearview mirrors before changing...

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Bicycle and Large Truck Accident Deaths Increase

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic has reported that fatalities in 2011 dropped 1.9% to their lowest level since 1949.  However, deaths of bicyclists and occupants of large trucks rose sharply last year.  Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7% and deaths of occupants of large trucks increased 20%.  In addition, more people died in distraction-related crashes, up 1.9% compared with 2010, and motorcycle deaths also rose 2.1%. Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association (which represents state highway safety agencies), said the increase in bicycle deaths probably reflects more people riding bicycles to work and for pleasure. Disclaimer *The information...

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