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How To Avoid An Accident On Your Motorcycle

How To Avoid An Accident On Your Motorcycle

Studies show that motor accidents usually occur between motorists and motorcycles. The majority of the time, another vehicle will collide with the motorcyclist from the front, while the collision occurs from the back of the motorcyclist only 5% of the time. Front-on collisions are often fatal to the motorcyclist.

Due to their size and speed, motorcycles are obviously much harder to see than cars. A few of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

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  • Poor weather conditions.
  • Automobile drivers and motorcyclists that ignore traffic signs.
  • Automobile drivers and motorcyclists that are exceeding the speed limit.
  • Automobile drivers that fail to use turn signals (commonly called trafficators)
  • Automobile drivers that back out without looking properly behind them
  • Inexperienced automobile drivers and motorcyclists.
  • Defects that are in the road.
  • Sub-standard automobiles and motorcycles.
  • Intentional hostile actions by automobile drivers and motorcycle drivers
  • Automobile drivers that make turns without gauging the speed of an oncoming motorcycle

1. Watch out for reversing drivers

Drivers are naturally conditioned to look out for other vehicles but can often miss the smaller oncoming motorcycles, even while looking in their rear view mirrors. Drivers backing out of driveways or parking lots can also fail to notice motorcycle riders, bicycle riders or even ordinary pedestrians if they are in their blind spot. Be mindful of drivers heading out of their driveways or smaller roads.

2. Check for turning vehicles

Looking at it from the other perspective, motorcycle riders have to be much more sensitive to their surroundings and are not as susceptible to some typical motorist distractions such as cell phones and radios, although they are prone to other distractions including discussions with passengers, greetings with familiar motorcyclists or even reactions to altercations with motorists. The most dangerous situations for motorcyclists, however, are cars making left-hand turns. Collisions of this nature will usually account for a significant percentage of motorcycle and automobile accidents. Cars and trucks can strike motorcycles when travelling through intersections, sharp turns or attempting to overtake cars.

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3. Avoid angry drivers

In some cases, drivers are annoyed at having to share roads with motorcyclists. Many of those who use motorcycles as their preferred mode of transportation are as distant from the tough biker-gang member stereotype as they could be. They are usually educated professionals, such as doctors or lawyers, or students who seek to lessen their impact on the environment and are hoping to save a little bit of extra cash by not spending too much on their gas. However, they can still be viewed as risk-takers on the road by other drivers. While this is often untrue, it is also important to try to avoid the common mistakes that some motorcyclists do make on the road.

Some drivers may react in fear or exhibit aggressive behavior toward a motorcyclist because of the biker stereotype. These interactions, whether aggressive or not, could eventually lead to accidents. So, aim to avoid these negative interactions and make sure you always follow the driving rules.

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4. Stay protected

Due to a number of factors (such as size of the vehicle, lack of protection, etc), automobile/motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious fatalities or injuries to the motorcyclist. Almost 35 times more deaths occur from motorcycle accidents than car accidents because the motorcyclist doesn’t have a steel framework around them to take some the impact of a collision. Therefore, the motorcyclist is especially vulnerable when a large metal object, such as a car or a bus for example, hits them. Head injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and internal injuries usually occur as a result. Stay safe by wearing protective gear and keeping vigilant.

5. Why You Really Need a Great Personal Injury Lawyer

Defendants will usually try to use the biker stereotypes to their advantage—this means a motorcycle rider who has been injured in an accident must take care to seek the most knowledgeable personal injury attorney to look out for their best interests. The attorney who has significant experience defending motorcyclists injured by an automobile understands how to get around these unfortunate stigmas, obtaining an equitable settlement.

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Amotorcycle accident attorney’s job will be to accurately assess the liability in your case and he or she will use every means available to prove responsibility. Don’t try to handle a motorcycle accident on your own; there are a variety of complexities you may encounter which you are ill-equipped to handle. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney stands a much better chance of recovering medical expenses and lost wages on your behalf and may even be able to secure damages for your pain and suffering as well as diminished quality of life.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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