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Tips to get you noticed as a motorcycle rider

If you own a motorcycle, you probably want to take it out on the open road as often as possible. The trouble is, the open road can be dangerous simply because your footprint is not nearly as large as the SUV in front of you or the tractor trailer in the next lane.

Perhaps you had a close call, experienced a near-emergency situation, and you are wondering how to improve your visibility. Here are some tips to help you achieve that objective:

Be more colorful

Many bikers prefer to wear black; older riders are especially fond of it. But black helps you become invisible. Consider brightening up your wardrobe with a vest and helmet in high-visibility yellow or orange. Those colors capture attention, and even if a motorist only sees you for a split second, that may be all it takes to avert disaster.

Add lights

Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are perfect for motorcycles. They are small, they produce light that is very bright, and you can get them as a plug-and-play alternative for your turn signals. Even when the LEDs are not activated in a turning situation, they show up as bright running lights, making you and your bike more visible.

Apply reflective tape

If you ride after dark, you need to make yourself look like a larger object. Using reflective tape can help. Apply it to your panniers, your front forks and even your wheels. When you are at an intersection and side-on to a light source, for example, the tape on your wheels will glow, and drivers will see you. You might also consider applying a patch of reflective tape to the back of your vest or jacket.

Dealing with an accident

Be vigilant about being seen, and avoid blind spots whenever possible. Remember that many accidents involving motorcycles are the fault of distracted drivers, motorists who make sudden lane changes or those who cause rear-end collisions. If the worst should happen and you are in a traffic accident, seek medical help at once. Next, reach out to a personal injury attorney who will protect your rights as a motorcyclist, deal with insurance companies on your behalf and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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