They are only three per cent of vehicles on the road, yet motorcycles account for 14 per cent of all motor vehicle accidents Motorcycles represent different things to their owners: Freedom, exhilaration, and status; they love the joy of being on the open road. There are, however, many dangers associated with motorcycling.
Despite representing only three per cent of vehicles on the road, motorcycles account for 14 per cent of all motor vehicle accidents. Because they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, motorcycle crashes are much more likely to end in fatalities. Helmets have been shown to reduce the likelihood of death by 37 per cent, and the chance of brain injury by 67 per cent.
Aside from helmets, there are several ways riders can keep themselves and others safe on the road.
Ride like a safety pro:
- Keep skills sharp by taking a refresher course with a professional organization
- Practice slow speed and emergency maneuvers.
- Ride according to skill level. Take the time to develop proficiency and muscle memory.
Be a responsible rider:
- Drive within the speed limit: speeding is the second leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities.
- Ride sober, ride unimpaired: no alcohol, marijuana, prescription medication, or narcotics should be in your system while riding.
- Maintain a clear line of sight and an appropriate gap between vehicles.
Be a visible rider:
- Wear high-visibility reflective gear, especially on the upper body so other drivers can see you.
- Use hand AND turn signals: this combination is more likely to be noticed by other drivers.
- Always check your blind spots and make sure to stay out of the blind spots of others.
Remember the goal is to enjoy life and live to ride another day. A motor vehicle accident can be life-altering. Injuries and medical complications may happen immediately or develop over time. A personal injury lawyer can help ensure you get the treatment you need when you need it, and the compensation you deserve.