Riding a motorcycle is an exciting adventure that can provide for hours of entertainment. But like any activity, there are serious risks associated. The CDC estimates that between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 individuals were treated for a non-fatal motorcycle injury. Additionally, the highest injury and death rate is found among the 20-24 year olds, followed by the 25-29 year old age group. The CDC also reports the following statistics concerning injury by primary body part injured:
- 30% Leg or foot
- 22% head or neck
- 20% upper torso
- 18% arm or hand
- 8% lower torso
Approximately three-fourths of all motorcycle accidents involve collisions with an automobile. Drivers frequently fail to see motorcycles in traffic and this is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Intersections are common places for collisions with motorcycles. Interestingly, weather plays a role in less than 2% of in all motorcycle accidents cases.
When you are riding a motorcycle, there are some important steps you can take to ensure that you are as safe as possible.
- Always wear a helmet
- Never ride if you have been drinking
- Be sure to wear protective clothing that provides injury protection if an accident occurs. Be sure to protect your hands and feet at all times.
- Maintain a safe speed and proceed with caution when traveling over gravel or slippery surfaces
- Avoid tailgating other motorcycles or cars
- Take the motorcycle safety course and be sure to brush up on your skills and knowledge of the rules of the road
- Avoid any distractions, including cellphones and music
- Leave enough space between yourself and other vehicles
- Educate passengers on the rules of the road and appropriate conduct while on the motorcycle
- 1 Ride within your skills. Take time to develop your skills before taking on more difficult roads like highways and interstates.
As experienced personal injury attorneys in Jackson, MS, our firm understands motorcycles can provide their owners with tremendous fun and foster camaraderie with other riders. However, a motorcycle owner should always keep in mind that it is more dangerous to drive a motorcycle than an automobile. There are no steel bars or air bags to protect the motorcycle operator in the event of an auto accident. Some motorcycle operators state that they drive both “offensively and defensively.” This means that they always assume the approaching car might fail to detect them and will drive accordingly so as to avoid an accident if possible. In order to be as safe as possible, it is important to pay complete attention to cars around you and anticipate when a mistake may occur.
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