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Signs of Elder Abuse

elder abuseIt’s tragic, but it happens all the time. Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, especially as they start to lose some of their physical and mental capabilities. The more dependent they become on those around them, the more opportunities there are for them to suffer abuse, most often at the hands of those they love and trust the most. If you’re worried about a senior citizen in your life, whether it’s a family member, or just someone you’ve seen around the neighborhood, here are some warning signs of elder abuse you should be looking out for.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is probably the easiest to spot. It includes things like bruises, broken bones, burns, inadequate explanations for the injuries, and isolation. If the caregiver doesn’t let others visit the senior citizen alone or at all, it’s a red flag that something’s up and the caregiver doesn’t want anyone to know about it. Taking them to multiple medical facilities is another indication that there’s something fishy going on. It means they don’t want the doctor or nurses to suspect why this elderly patient needs treatment for so many injuries.

Sexual Abuse

It’s awful to think about, but it happens. As with other forms of abuse, senior citizens are often unable to fend off their attackers, making them targets for sexual predators. The signs can be harder to spot, as the physical damage often occurs in places that tend to be covered up, such as the breasts, groin, and anus. Some of the more noticeable signs include trouble standing and/or walking, evidence of STDs, and signs of being depressed or withdrawn. If the caregiver appears flirty with their charge or is touching them inappropriately, that can also be an indication that something is not right.

Neglect

Sometimes abuse can be unintentional, but it’s still abuse. If the caregiver is overworked, stressed, and/or uneducated about the kind of care their charge needs, it can lead to neglect. Failure to give them the proper medicine if/when they need it, or to provide medical aids, such as a cane or glasses, can all be signs of neglect. Clothes that are constantly dirty, unchanged diapers, and bedsores are all signs of neglect.

Verbal/Emotional Abuse

Abuse isn’t always physical. Sometimes words can hurt more than daggers, but senior citizens are often unable to stand up for themselves or too frightened to do so. They may not even know they are being abused or they may be afraid of the consequences if they do speak up. Victims of emotional abuse are often withdrawn and apathetic; nervous and/or fearful, especially around the caregiver; and there may be signs that the relationship between the caregiver and their charge is especially tense or strained. The caregiver snapping or yelling at their charge is an obvious indication of abuse, but it might not always be that evident. If the senior citizen is exhibiting unusual behavior, such as rocking or nail-biting, especially if it was something they’ve always done when nervous or uncomfortable, contact a professional for help.

Financial Exploitation

As the elderly tend to lose their mental faculties, it’s common to have a trusted person take over their finances for them. The importance of that person’s trustworthiness cannot be emphasized enough because, for some people, the temptation to use those funds for their own gain is difficult to overcome. Other people may need to be added to the senior citizen’s bank accounts and/or credit cards so they can access them to pay for the patient’s care. But, be cautious because new additions to those accounts can also be a red flag that the primary recipient is not the owner of the account. If this is followed by an increase in activity on these accounts, especially for purchases the senior citizen would not normally make, there’s a strong possibility of financial exploitation.

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What You Should Know Before Signing A Waiver

signing a waiverHow many things do we sign without actually reading them? We agree to all kinds of Terms and Conditions just by using a website or checking a box. We think they are too long for us to actually take the time to read. But every time we sign our name to something or check a box, we are agreeing to abide by the terms of that contract. So when we’re signing a waiver of our rights, it is critical to know exactly what we’re signing away and what we get in return.

Know what you’re signing.

The first thing you need to know before signing a waiver is what you’re signing. Make sure you carefully read and understand the entire contract before signing it. If anything at all seems the least bit fishy, or you’re having trouble understanding it, just ask. You have every right to ask for clarification and shouldn’t ever worry about looking bad when it comes to knowing your rights. If you sign something away without realizing it, you’ll feel worse.

You can make changes.

A lot of companies get away with including ridiculous clauses in their waivers because no one ever questions them. They may or may not hold up in court, even with a signature, but you shouldn’t risk it. If something doesn’t seem right, question it and don’t agree to it. Tell the other party you’re not agreeing to that part of the contract and tell them to remove the portion you do not agree to and provide a new version without the portions you disagree with.

You might also feel the need to do this if a clause is common in a lot of other instances, but doesn’t apply to your unique situation. Never be afraid to point this out and adjust the contract accordingly.

Ordinary vs. gross negligence.

Most waivers are designed to protect against ordinary negligence, which is a result of someone breaching a duty of care that they owe to others. This can include things like giving bad advice when they thought they were giving good advice; or using equipment they did not know was broken; or driving too fast on the highway. If someone is injured as a result, some waivers can protect the company or individual against a lawsuit by requiring certain actions from the injured party before pursing legal action.

On the other hand, gross negligence is when a company or individual recklessly disregards the consequences of an act or failure to act, a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care. Waivers do not generally include injuries that result from gross negligence, but be sure to check. Never sign a waiver that removes all your rights to recover damages, even when the other party knowingly failed to address problems, which knowingly put you in danger.

Do your homework.

Research the company or individual before you even consider signing their waiver. Accidents happen, but if it seems like they have more accidents than the average for their industry, that’s a red flag. Regardless of whether they were taken to trial or made to pay a settlement for the accidents, a string of them is an indication that their safety standards are more relaxed than they should be. In that case, it’s best to not take the risk so you can avoid getting injured in the first place.

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Who Is Liable For A Medical Bill Due To A Dog Bite?

 

Medical Bill Due To A Dog Bite

If a dog bites someone, the owner of the dog is almost always the one responsible for any medical bills that result from the bite.

Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies cover medical bills and/or property damage caused by dogs, up to the liability limit (which is usually between $100,000 and $300,000). Any claim that exceeds the limit must be covered by the dog owner.

Laws covering injuries caused by dogs vary from state to state, although in most cases, the law does not care whether the owner knew the dog was potentially violent and might bite someone – these are known as strict liability dog-bit laws. The dog owner is always responsible for any damage their dog causes to anyone. Some states do maintain the “one-bite rule,” in which the owner of the dog is liable for injuries caused by the dog only if the owner knew the dog was dangerous.

There are also negligence laws, in which the dog owner can be held responsible for failing to properly control or restrain the animal.

Most state laws apply to more than just dog bites – any time a dog injures someone, even if the dog was acting playfully, the owner is responsible. This can include things like the dog jumping on someone and knocking them over or chasing someone and causing them to fall and become injured. It doesn’t matter if the dog was trying to attack the person or merely acting playfully, as trying to prove the dog’s intention before a jury is nearly impossible.

However, if the dog owner can prove the dog was provoked, they might be able to escape liability. If the injured person was teasing or goading the dog immediately before they were injured, the dog owner may have a case that the injured person was provoking the dog, thereby releasing the owner from any liability for the injury.

By the same token, victims of dog bites have to prove, not only that they were injured by a dog and that the person they’re trying to sue for damages is the owner of the dog, but also that they did not provoke the dog and that they were acting peacefully in a place where they had a right to be, such as a park or any other public place. This includes the dog owner’s home, but other private properties might not be protected.

Some states have labeled certain breeds dangerous and have enacted laws that place certain restrictions on those breeds. Some insurance companies refuse to insure homeowners with certain dog breeds that have been categorized as dangerous, but some states maintain laws that forbid this kind of selective coverage.

Dogs can be great pets, but it’s important to remember they are still wild animals at heart. They will never be entirely predictable, and of course, you can’t control what other people will do around your dog, but you can take precautions. You can take your dog to classes that specifically work to eradicate any biting or violent behavior. You can keep them chained and/or muzzled when outside if you know they have a tendency to get aggressive, and always keep them on a short leash when passing strangers on your walks, for the safety of everyone involved – including the dog.

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What Happens If I Am In An Accident In A Parking Lot?

accidents in a parking lotAccidents in a parking lot tend to be fairly minor, since the cars are generally moving at low speeds, but it’s still a good idea to contact your insurance provider if you are involved in an accident in a parking lot.

While we’re all familiar with the rules of the road as they normally apply to moving traffic out on the streets, the rules in parking lots might be a little less clear, but they’re really not that different.

Some parking lots (especially the larger ones) include traffic signs, such as stop and yield signs, which must be obeyed just like traffic signs at street intersections. If you fail to follow one of these signs (or a traffic cop) the fault of the accident will fall squarely on your shoulders.

Cars in thoroughfares (a lane that exits directly onto a street) always have right of way over cars in feeder lanes (lanes that do not exit directly onto a street, such as the lanes between rows of parking spaces). Likewise, any time a car is moving out of a parking lot onto a street, that driver must always yield to oncoming traffic on the street.

When moving out of a parking space, drivers must always yield to moving traffic, including cars, bikes, motorcycles, pedestrians, etc.

If you hit a car that is legally parked in a parking lot, you are automatically at fault, no matter the circumstances. On the other hand, if the car was illegally parked, the owner of that car might be liable for any damages. Likewise, if you hit another car while opening your car door in a parking lot, you will also be held liable for any damages that may result.

If someone else hits your car while it is legally parked, they are automatically responsible for any damages.

If an accident occurs, it should be reported to the police and to each party’s insurance company if the damage exceeds the province’s limit. Limits vary, so be sure to check your local traffic accident laws to see what the limit is. Of course, you won’t know the exact cost of the damage until you get an estimate from an auto repair shop, but you and the other driver can make an educated guess before deciding whether to notify the authorities.

Some people choose to pay for the damages out of their own pocket to avoid having their insurance company increase their insurance premiums, but beware of this option. The other party might still contact their insurance company and file a claim against you, even after you’ve already paid for the damages. That way they get paid twice and your insurance premiums still go up, even though you’ve already paid for the damages on your own. If that happens, you have no recourse.

If you hit a parked car and the driver of the other car is not present, leave a note on their windshield with your contact and/or insurance information. Not only is this common courtesy, but failing to do so can land you with a hit-and-run violation, which is not something you want on your record.

If your parked car was hit and you were not present and no note was left, you can ask the owner of the parking lot if they have surveillance cameras so you can try to identify the other driver and file a report against them, but it’s most likely you’ll have to pay for the damages out of your own deductible, even though you were not at fault.

But if both drivers are present, the procedure is very similar to being involved in an accident on the road: move your vehicle out of traffic if possible; make sure no one is injured; get as much information as you can (date, time, location, other car’s license plate, etc.); report the accident to the authorities (if the damage exceeds the local limit); and call your own insurance company to make a report.

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How Does Workers’ Compensation Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?

social security benefitsIf you’re eligible for workers’ compensation, then you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. While this might initially sound like you’re receiving double payments, that’s not actually the case. If you’re eligible for both, Social Security will know about it and they will reduce your payments accordingly. In some states, it might be the workers’ compensation payments that will be reduced to account for the Social Security benefits, in which case Social Security will not lower its payments to you. This system does not mean you will not receive both of your payments, it just means one will be reduced so that your total payments do not exceed your benefit limit.

Social Security has a couple ways to determine your personal limit on the benefits you are eligible to receive. Sometimes it’s the total amount of Social Security Disability benefits received by all members of the recipient’s family in the first month they received workers’ compensation.

The other (and most common) limit is simply 80% of the income you were earning before you were injured. This is called the “average current earnings” and Social Security has a few ways of calculating that amount: the average monthly wage on which your Social Security Disability Benefits are based; the average monthly earnings from the highest five years in a row (called the “high five”); or the average monthly earnings from one calendar year, either the year the person became eligible for disability or one of the previous five calendar years (called the “high one”).

Whichever of these three calculations gets the highest number is the one Social Security will consider your average current earnings – in most cases, that usually turns out to be the “high one” test.

Once Social Security has calculated your limit to the monthly benefits you are eligible to receive, it will add your Social Security Disability benefits to the workers’ compensation benefits you are set to receive. If the total is higher than your limit, Social Security will reduce your Social Security disability benefits so your total payments equal your maximum eligible amount. That is the amount Social Security will pay until you are old enough to retire and start collecting Social Security retirement benefits.

Many workers’ compensation cases are settled in trial or before a hearing, in which case, most workers choose an immediate lump sum payment instead of the monthly payments. Social Security will be aware of the arrangement and will adjust its payments accordingly. Rather than eliminate that one month and pay your full benefits every other month, Social Security will break down the lump sum payment into monthly payments.

For example, if you were receiving $1,000 a month in worker’s compensation payments until you entered into a lump sum settlement for $25,000, Social Security would consider that lump sum to equal workers’ compensation benefits for 25 months. It would then offset your disability payments for the next 25 months, after which point it would begin paying you your full disability benefits (assuming you were not back to work or retired by that point).

Because workers’ compensation attorneys are aware of Social Security’s methods for reducing disability pay, they will usually make sure the language of their clients’ workers’ compensation contracts is written such that it gets their clients the highest possible disability benefits. For example, in the case of a lump sum settlement, they might break down the settlement amount into monthly payments. And because settlement amounts often include attorneys’ fees and legal costs, attorneys will include those amounts in the settlement agreement to ensure that money is not deducted from their clients’ disability benefits.

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Watch Out For Defective Breathing Masks

Defective Breathing MasksInhaling silica dust, coal dust, and other tiny minerals is more than just annoying – it can be life threatening. The inflammation, fluid buildup, and internal scarring are often irreversible, but silicosis, black lung and other diseases like it are preventable.

Silicosis (which is caused by inhaling tiny particles of silica) and similar diseases tend to plague those who work in mines, as well as those who work with glass and/or sand. Workers should always wear a safety mask that covers their nose and mouth when working in these kinds of situations, but just any old mask is not necessarily going to be sufficient.

Different masks are intended to protect workers in different industries, and depending on the industry, the specifications they are legally required to meet tend to change. Anyone working with any kind of particle dust should be wearing a mask or respirator that includes an air filter that is capable of blocking microscopic particles down to a certain size.

But the laws that regulate the manufacturing of these masks and respirators are fairly recent. If companies are still using masks from the 1970s or earlier, they might not be compliant with the current requirements as laid out by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Even masks that are in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), may still not offer workers the proper protection. In many cases, these filters trap large particles, but still allow the smaller particles through, where they can be inhaled by the wearer.

Symptoms of silicosis, black lung, or other related diseases might show up a few weeks after exposure, or a few decades. Anyone who has ever worked with or around coal, quartz, glass, sand, etc. and starts experiencing persistent coughing, trouble breathing, and/or fatigue, should see a medical professional as soon as possible.

Those who have been diagnosed with silicosis or black lung might want to consider contacting a qualified attorney. Dealing with a chronic illness can be painful and expensive, so it’s worth it to see if you can get the party responsible to pay up. Depending on the situation, your employer at the time and/or the manufacturing company that made the masks/respirators you wore might be liable for the damage you suffered to your health and wellbeing. If that’s the case, and a judge rules in your favor, either your employer or the respirator manufacturer or both can be made to pay your medical bills for you. That includes lost wages if you have to stop working as a result of your illness.

Even if you haven’t felt any negative effects from working in an environment with a lot of particle dust, check your mask. Make sure it’s compliant with the NIOSH’s regulations, and if it’s not, bring it up with your supervisor. Hopefully, they’ll do the right thing and rectify the situation. If they drag their feet on the issue, consider calling an attorney before it’s too late.

If you or someone your love has suffered serious side effects, or even death, due to defective breathing masks, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.  

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What Is Silicosis?

silicosisSilicosis is a disease that results from inhaling microscopic pieces of silica. Even if you can’t see or feel them, they can still cause serious damage once they get inside you’re body, especially in the lungs. Having those tiny, sharp foreign objects floating around in your body can cause scarring in the lungs, as well as inflammation and fluid buildup. This makes it more difficult to breathe and is usually accompanied by coughing, fatigue, and weight loss.

Silica is a mineral that is found in rocks and mineral ores (like quarts) and sand. People who work in mining, foundry work, and glass manufacturing are the most likely to suffer from silicosis. Symptoms of silicosis can start appearing anywhere from a few weeks after exposure to decades after exposure. There is no cure for silicosis, but it can be prevented.

There are three types of silicosis: acute, chronic, and accelerated. Symptoms of acute silicosis include cough, fatigue, and weight loss. The lungs are very inflamed and may fill with fluid, resulting in shortness of breath and low levels of oxygen in the blood (which, in turn, leads to fatigue). Those with acute silicosis start experiencing symptoms anywhere from weeks to a few years after they’ve been exposed to loose silica.

Chronic silicosis doesn’t appear until 10 years after exposure and might not even become apparent until as late as 30 years after exposure. Chronic silicosis usually affects the upper lungs and tends to include extensive scarring, as well as swelling in the chest lymph nodes and lungs, making breathing difficult.

Accelerated silicosis results from high levels of exposure to silica and begins showing symptoms within 10 years of exposure. It is also characterized by swelling in the lungs, but it happens much more quickly than chronic silicosis.

As the disease progresses, lung capacity decreases, along with the person’s ability to breathe on their own. Some may need an oxygen tank or other support to help them breathe once their breathing has been so impaired by the silicosis that they become incapable of drawing in enough air to live on.

Silicosis does extensive and permanent damage to the lungs, resulting in more than 100 deaths every year in the United States alone. There is currently no cure for silicosis but, with a few precautions, it can be easily prevented. Today, approximately 2 million workers in the United States are being exposed to silica as part of their daily work responsibilities. Even if they don’t yet notice any negative effects from working with sand, quartz or glass, in a few years they may find it hard to complete everyday tasks as a result of shortness of breath and/or fatigue.

All it takes is a few minutes for workers to put on protective gear before entering an area where they may be exposed to silica fragments. Making sure facial and respiratory masks meet the federal requirements is critical. The masks must be able to block microscopic fragments that are small enough to be inhaled.

If you or someone your love has suffered serious side effects, or even death, due to silicosis, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.  

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IARC Lists RoundUp As Probable Carcinogen

RoundUpWhen we think of herbicides and weed killers, most of us think of RoundUp. It’s become such a household name that the term RoundUp is often used as a general term for herbicide.

But the same herbicide that farmers and agricultural workers have been using since the 1970s to keep weeds off their crops may also be hurting us. According to multiple class action lawsuits that have recently been filed against Monsanto, the manufacturer of RoundUp, the herbicide may cause cancer. The lawsuit alleges that the main ingredient in RoundUp, glyphosate, may be to blame for the rise in incidents of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and other cancers in agricultural workers with heavy exposure to the herbicide.

Although Monsanto managed to engineer crops that were resistant to glyphosate, the weeds that get sprayed have developed their own immunity to the herbicide, requiring agricultural workers, landscapers, and turf managers to use more and more RoundUp, thereby increasing their own exposure to what the World Health Organization (WHO) has called a probable carcinogen.

But it’s not just the land workers who are getting exposed to these chemicals. Recent studies have found traces of RoundUp in U.S. breakfast cereals, snacks and even honey.

In early 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) a division of the WHO, published their findings on glyphosate in The Lancet Oncology. They studied the effects of RoundUp on mice and compared their findings to the results of previous studies on glyphosate. They found a correlation between RoundUp exposure and a variety of cancers, including non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, renal cell carcinoma, as well as damage to DNA and chromosomes. It did not look at a relationship between RoundUp and Parkinson’s, although other studies have found a link there as well.

Monsanto has denied these findings and most U.S. and European regulators have stated they don’t believe RoundUp to be a human carcinogen.

But numerous plaintiffs suing Monsanto say otherwise. They are alleging that Monsanto failed to thoroughly research glyphosate before putting it on the market. Once it was out there, they failed to properly warn users, the medical community, or the agricultural community about the potential hazards of using RoundUp. The plaintiffs claim that, if they had been aware of the risks involved in using RoundUp, they would have used a different herbicide, and many cases of cancer may have been avoided.

In California, consumer advocates are working to get new laws put in place that would require Monsanto to include cancer warnings on the labels for all their glyphosate-based products. The labels would be based on the IARC’s findings, and a California judge recently allowed this initiative to move to the next step in the process.

The IARC’s findings still need confirmation, but if they succeed in attaining that confirmation, the number of cancer cases that could potentially be traced back to RoundUp exposure might be too many to count. Not only has it been found in the air after an area has been sprayed, but it has also made its way into food and water. The amount of exposure needed to create a cancer risk has yet to be determined.

If you or someone your love has suffered serious side effects, or even death, due to the use of RoundUp, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.  

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How Car Crashes Can Become Flammable

How Car Crashes Can Become FlammableWe’ve seen it in action movies so many times we’ve come to expect it: a car crashes into another car or goes off the road, landing upside down in a ditch and giving the inhabitants a narrow window to get out before the car explodes.

But how many of us have seen such a sight in real life? Occasionally a burning car will make the news, but they’re only newsworthy because they don’t happen that often. And burning is not the same as exploding.

Hollywood storytellers usually mention the gas tank exploding when warning characters to get out/away from a vehicle that’s been in a crash – as if the mere presence of a gas tank in a car crash necessarily means it will explode, even though they were riding along in the vehicle just moments before without any concern for the gas tank bursting into flames.

In fact, it takes a specific set of circumstances for a vehicle to explode. Car engines run by transforming liquid gasoline into its gas form, then using a small flame to ignite the gas and oxygen to feed the flame, which powers the vehicle. In order for a car to explode after a crash, you need all three of these things to combine in the right place and in the right order outside the engine: gasoline in gas form, a flame, and oxygen to feed the flame.

Because gas is confined to the gas tank, it’s not likely to get enough oxygen to cause an explosion, unless something punches a hole or rips a tear in the gas tank – which is possible in a crash. Collisions can throw things (rocks, road debris, chunks of metal, etc.) into or against gas tanks and exhaust tubes, potentially causing tears and/or leaks.

After that, any number of things can create enough heat to ignite the gas. As our vehicles have become more and more electronic in recent years, the increase in electrical wires means a tear in the wrong place can create an electrical spark, which can be disastrous if it reaches the gas fumes.

We also have to keep in mind that a car burning intensely is not the same as a car that has exploded. When we see a car engulfed in flames, it might be tempting to assume the gas tank has exploded, when the reality is that it’s more likely that another component of the vehicle caught fire and the flame quickly got out of control.

Recent vehicle standards require the passenger cabins of cars to have flame-retardant materials, but “flame-retardant materials” are not necessarily materials that won’t catch fire – it just means it’s more difficult to get them to catch fire. But once they do ignite, they can burn intensely, and there are other materials in the car (including foam and plastic) that will burn easily once a flame catches, turning the car into a giant ball of very hot flame that might make it look as though the car exploded.

Accidents can happen anywhere at any time.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others, you need to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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What Are The Chances I’ll Actually Get Into A Motorcycle Crash?

motorcycle crashWe’ve all heard the horror stories and seen the gruesome images of what happens to motorcycle riders who get involved in an accident. Some parents use threats of lost limbs and smashed skulls to try to keep their kids off motorcycles, but what is the likelihood of a tragic accident actually happening to you each time you get on your motorcycle?

THE STATS
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 5 million motorcycles were registered in the US in 2001, 74,000 of which were involved in an accident in that same year (i.e. just over 1.5% of motorcycle owners). By comparison, 129 million passenger cars were registered in the US in the same year, 6,705,000 (5%) of which were involved in an accident.

So you’re actually much more likely to be involved in an accident in a car, rather than a motorcycle. The problem is, if you’re on a motorcycle that gets involved in an accident, you don’t have seatbelts, airbags, or a metal body surrounding you, which is where the gruesome images and instinctive fear of motorcycles comes from.
On the other hand, motorcycles are more agile than cars and can both stop and accelerate more quickly than most passenger cars. All this should mean they’re better equipped to avoid an accident, but human error is always a factor. In order to maneuver your way out of an accident, you need to be prepared, so if you do own a motorcycle (or plan to), here’s what you can do to lower your probability of getting into an accident.

KNOW YOUR BIKE
You didn’t hit the highway as soon as you got your driver’s permit and you should not do so with your motorcycle either. You’re better off taking it easy and practicing things like slow maneuvers and braking in a parking lot first. Get to know your bike before taking it out on the open road, and once you do, make sure you take it out regularly in order to maintain that familiarity.

KEEP YOUR FRONT BRAKE COVERED
It may be tempting to let go of that front brake, especially on long rides, but doing so is never a good idea. Your life is on the line every second you spend on the road, and the ability to stop more quickly than a car is largely dependent on your access to your brakes. If you have to take extra time in an emergency to cover your brake before applying pressure, that tiny amount of time could be the difference between avoiding an accident and a trip to the hospital – or the morgue.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY
The images of women in bikinis and men in tank tops and shorts on their bikes may look appealing, but they’re extremely dangerous. Not only do you want to make sure you’re wearing a helmet at all times when riding a motorcycle, but proper gear also includes leather pants and jacket. They’ll keep you safe while looking good at the same time. They may not be the most comfortable warm weather wear, but they’re better than a smashed skull or a bare leg scraped across asphalt.
These are all in addition to the obvious tips to never drink and drive, always obey all traffic and safety laws, and keep your wits about you and pay attention at all times. Your life depends on it.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, or your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you need a personal injury attorney on your side.

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