Motorcycles are usually equated with freedom. There is something special about the feeling of riding in the open air. But with that freedom comes increased dangers on the roadways. Here are some ways to protect yourself while riding your motorcycle.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,985 motorcycle riders killed nationwide in 2018, the last reporting year. Motorcycle riders are 29 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than car riders, making up 14% of yearly traffic deaths while only accounting for 3% of registered vehicles. Nearly two-thirds of single-vehicle motorcycle crashes are caused by rider error.
How to Protect Yourself
Motorcycles are sometimes difficult to see on the roadways, so it is important to make yourself more visible. Wear reflective safety gear and use your headlights. Avoid driving in bad weather and watch your speed. Always avoid alcohol use while operating any type of motor vehicle. Head trauma is a major factor in motorcycle crashes, so always wear a helmet and protective gear.
Since you are driving a small vehicle, you may be tempted to skirt around traffic laws, but this is a recipe for disaster. As a matter of fact, due to the nature of your vehicle, it is important to follow traffic laws even closer. The most important thing to remember is to always be observant. Since you are at a size disadvantage, by keeping your attention focused on the road and other drivers, you may be able to avoid a collision.
Motorcycles are fun ways to get around, and if you follow these safety tips you can enjoy riding for years to come. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident that was due to the carelessness of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Rowsey & Stelter have the experience to help you get the assistance you need. Call us at (770) 993-5317 to schedule a consultation.
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