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Motorcycles are cost-effective and a great shortcut through Los Angeles traffic. But they can be dangerous, and a motorcycle rider is far more likely than a car or truck driver to die in an accident.

Even minor incidents can result in serious injuries, broken bones or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Inattentive drivers are difficult to avoid, but there are a few types of motorcycle accidents that riders can try to avoid.

A car turns left in front of a motorcycle.

This is one of the most common accidents involving motorcycles, usually because a driver does not see or estimate the speed of the rider.

The best way to avoid this is staying to the right of all cars. However, it is usually enough for riders to cover their brakes and prepare to move clear of cars if they turn out of lane.

A car hits a motorcycle from behind.

Inattentive or unaware drivers may not see a motorcycle in time to slow down and avoid a collision. This is very dangerous because a rider is likely to lose control in this situation.

Riders can avoid a fatal accident by clearing to a safe area such as on the other sides of cars or between lanes. Keeping weight on the handlebars and control of the brake and throttle are key in maintaining safety.

A car door opens in front of a motorcycle.

The best way to avoid this scenario is to avoid riding tight between lanes and staying clear of parking lanes on the streets.

If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses during recovery. A lawyer experienced in motorcycle accidents will help you discover your options.

Source: RideApart, “10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them,” Wes Siler, accessed July 13, 2017