National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that as much as 80 percent of all motorcyclists who are involved in crashes end up either getting injured or killed. While a portion of these are relatively unavoidable, a large percentage of them could’ve been avoided had the bikers taken a few extra precautions in advance.

Motorcyclists can help themselves avoid being struck out on the roadway by wearing reflective or brightly colored clothing. How much clothing a biker wears is important, too. In order to be fully protected, a biker should look to wear gloves, goggles or glasses, a long-sleeved shirt made out of durable material such as leather, long pants and a pair of high-top boots.

A motorcyclist should also always wear a helmet that fully covers their face and is approved by the Department of Transportation. It should be worn regardless of whether it’s required by law or not. It also should be replaced after any crash or every five years, whatever comes first. Wearing a helmet can go a long way in helping you avoid a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

When questioned, motorists who crash into motorcyclists often say that they didn’t see the biker before the incident occurred. To increase a driver’s visibility of you, you should always leave your headlight illuminated, no matter whether it’s daytime or nighttime. You can also benefit from riding in the center of the lane as opposed to one side of it where you’re least likely to be seen.

Being proactive in looking out for speeding or reckless motorists, particularly at intersections, is also important. Cautiously navigating railroad tracks, potholes and other hazards such as wet roads will ensure that you remain upright on your bike too.

Drinking and driving should be avoided at all costs as well. This is particularly important considering how NHTSA data shows that at least 40 percent of solo motorcycle crashes are caused by alcohol-impaired bikers. Speed is to blame for at least 33 percent of them.

Of all motorcycle crashes, at least half involve other vehicles. It can be reassuring to be provided with personal attention and one-on-one representation offered by a Los Angeles fatal motor vehicle accidents attorney when your loved one has lost their life.