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Motorcycle safety tips

Motorcycles provide a way for many people to experience the open road without being cooped up in a car or a truck. These vehicles are fuel efficient and a lot of fun. However, the motorcyclist is 30 times more likely to die in a wreck than those who are in a car or truck. Here are some safety tips for motorcyclists -- both novice and experienced -- that can help them return home safe and sound.

-- Make sure the bike fits you. You want a bike that isn't so big you can't put your feet flat on the ground when you are on it. The controls and handlebars should feel comfortable to you and not out of reach.

-- Antilock brakes should be a safety worthy of your investment. You are 37 percent less likely to die in a crash with antilock brakes. No matter how much experience you have, antilock braking systems are better at braking than you are.

-- Become a better rider. If you can, go to a motorcycle riding school. It can help you become a better rider.

-- Wear your helmet. While a helmet isn't required in Florida, it can help prevent head and brain injuries. If you choose to ride without a helmet in Florida, you are required to carry $10,000 of medical payment insurance.

These are just a few safety tips that can help riders avoid crashes. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, you have a right to seek compensation from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company.

Source: Consumer Reports, "10 motorcycle safety tips for new riders," accessed Feb. 10, 2017

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