Motorcycle Safety

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You may have noticed with the sun and warm temperatures Monday a lot of motorcycles now are out on the roads.

All motorists - whether in a car or on those bikes - are reminded to keep an eye out.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported almost 4,000 injuries in 2012 caused by motorcycle crashes.

And this time of year all the way through the summer months, drivers are reminded to check, check and check again before switching lanes or pulling into the roads.

Since motorcycles are much smaller they're more easily lost in a car's blind spot.

But the highway patrol says most motorcycle crashes don't always involve another car.

"One thing that we do see is they tend to get a bike that is more powerful or physically larger than they can handle," says Trooper Lea Mikes, with the OSHP. "And we have a lot of crashes that are simply one vehicle where they go off the road in a turn or something because they cannot handle the bike to make the turn."

Helmets are also a big part of motorcycle safety.

In Ohio helmets are only required for bikers under 18 and in West Virginia helmets are required for all ages.

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