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According to statistics published by State Farm, 80% of motorcycle accidents result in serious injury or death. Sadly, the majority of motorcycle accidents are preventable. The best way to prevent Kentucky motorcycle accidents is to educate yourself on some of the best motorcycle accident prevention tips.

The most obvious way to stay safe when riding your motorcycle is to gear up. Wear a helmet, durable riding boots, eye protection, gloves and long pants and sleeves. Make sure your pants and coat are made of a durable material such as leather. If you plan to ride at night or in adverse weather conditions, suit up in bright colors, reflective elements or both. Protective gear can only do so much if a motorist does not see you.

When riding, remain alert. Unfortunately, drivers of passenger and commercial vehicles are often distracted when behind the wheel. You can protect yourself by keeping an eye out for erratic drivers and by taking measures to make sure a motorist sees you. For instance, if you notice a driver is about to switch into the lane you are in, honk. Also, watch out for other hazards such as potholes, loose gravel and railroad tracks.

At intersections, be extra vigilant. Half of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections, so it does not hurt to be hyperaware at these points.

You should also avoid bad weather. If the weather turns south when you are already out on the roads, pull over to a safe location, such as to the shoulder under a bridge.

Finally, take motorcycle safety courses. Whether you are a novice motorcycle operator or you have been riding motorcycles for years, a refresher course can help you brush up on your safety knowledge and perfect safe-operating techniques. As a bonus, it could net you an insurance discount.

This article is for educational purposes only. You should not use it as legal advice.