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Motorcycle safety advocates give tips for staying safe

As someone who enjoys spending time on a motorcycle, it's clear that you want others to be safe, too. You may see drivers of passenger vehicles make mistakes in enough time to protect yourself, but you also may fail to, leading to an accident that puts your life in danger.

When too many motorcycle crashes start happening, local areas will start to promote safety more aggressively. That's what ABATE of Iowa and a member of the Waterloo Fire Department have been doing, according to a report from August 2015.

Motorcycle crashes happen for many reasons, but for the member of the fire department, it was due to pure recklessness. He remembers pulling into an intersection to continue driving when another vehicle pulled out and turned left in front of him. He said he was thrown from his motorcycle and landed on the street. Fortunately, he's alive today, but many others don't survive these accidents. He said he's lost friends to motorcycle accidents and some have been left with severe injuries.

There were three crashes in just one week during August in Waterloo, prompting several people to speak out about safety. A woman with ABATE of Iowa stated that motorcyclists can be safer by being aware of their surroundings and wearing brightly colored clothing to draw attention to themselves during the day and to stand out at night. Drivers, on the other hand, can be more careful by paying attention. Distracted driving is a serious concern and causes many accidents; people shouldn't text or talk on the phone, because that distraction could result in a fatal accident.

Source: KWWL, "Motorcycle crashes prompt safety on the roads," Nikki Newbrough, accessed Sep. 08, 2015

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