Motorcyclists are always looking for ways to stay safe on the road. They invest in helmets and anti-lock brakes and reflective clothing. They make it a point never to drink and drive and they learn what signs to watch out for in other drivers so that they can avoid that danger.
These are all important steps to take, but there's one other thing that riders need to do: practice. The more time they spend honing their skills, the safer they will be. A lot of accidents happen because people simply do not ride enough. They make mistakes or fail to react in ways that could have kept them safe when others make mistakes.
One executive with Honda, a leading motorcycle manufacturer, put it this way:
"There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. That's critical, absolutely critical."
If you're a new rider, they can show you the basics and help you get familiar with the bike. If you are a more advanced rider, they can teach you about evasive maneuvers and what to do in an emergency.
That doesn't mean you have to go to an official MSF course. The general point still stands. Any training course can help, as can simply logging more hours on the road so that you feel comfortable and in control on the bike. All of that practice adds up.
Naturally, though, nothing you do can prevent all accidents. When another driver hits you and you suffer serious injuries, you may be able to seek financial compensation.