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A motorcyclist named Todd Michael Sites was riding his 2006 Suzuki Motorcycle when, suddenly, he struck a 1995 Dodge Dakota. Sadly, Todd died as a result. My deepest condolences go out to Todd’s friends and family.

As an injury lawyer who works for a firm that’s represented people seriously hurt in motorcycle accidents, I understand the inherent risks people take when utilizing this form of transportation. In 2006, close to 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents, according to

It’s truly a tragedy when anyone loses their life in these types of motorcycle/truck accidents, but hopefully we can learn from the event and ensure we comply with all the safety standards of the road. Here are some important motorcycle safety tips from

1. Make eye contact

Never assume others see you. Always try to make eye contact with drivers who may be about to pull into your path.

2. Wear a quality helmet

Helmets prevent head injuries in 67 per cent of crashes and deaths in 29 per cent. Make sure your helmet has a sticker showing that it meets current safety standards. Avoid buying a used helmet. It may have been in a crash, and the damage may not be obvious.

3. Check behind when turning left from a highway

Watch your mirrors and make sure you have plenty of space behind. The drivers behind might not slow down for you.

4. Be visible

Wear bright, reflective clothing. Add extra reflective material to it or wear a reflective vest. Likewise, buy a bright-coloured helmet and stick reflective tape to the back and sides. Always keep your headlight on. Ride in the lane position where other drivers can easily see you and you’ve got room to move. Avoid all other vehicles’ blind spots.

5. Take it easy on the curves

Many crashes happen there. You might overshoot the road or cross the centre line and get hit by oncoming traffic. Watch the road ahead, slow down and choose the correct lane position-before entering a curve.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our injury attorneys host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . In addition, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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