Sharing The Road: A Safety Guide For Motorcycle Riders
More Riders, More Fatalities
More and more people are taking to the roads on motorcycles, but unfortunately that increase is accompanied by a rise in motorcycle fatalities. Over the past 14 years, motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled. In the same time period, total traffic fatalities have declined by nearly a quarter. Taking commonsense safety precautions can help reduce your chance of being in a motorcycle accident and increase your chances of surviving an accident. Motorcyclists should take the time to learn about how they can safely enjoy the freedom and excitement offered by motorcycles.
Motorcycle fatalities increased by 9 percent between 2011 and 2012. About 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents last year.
The most common nonfatal motorcycle injuries were leg or foot injuries (30 percent) or head and neck injuries (22 percent).
The number of non-fatal motorcycle injuries treated in emergency rooms grew from 120,000 to 175,000 between 2001 and 2008.
Average cost of a fatal motorcycle accident: $1.2 million. Average costs for non-fatal accidents range from $2,500 to $1.4 million.
National traffic safety organizations suggest the following strategies to improve motorcycle safety: • Boosting helmet use and proper training and licensing of motorcycle operators. • Increasing speed enforcement. • Encouraging automobile drivers to properly share the road with motorcyclists.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents • Head-on collisions with other vehicles. • Being struck by automobiles making left turns.
• Lane splitting by motorcyclists. • Speeding.
• Alcohol-related crashes.
Eight Tips For Improving Motorcycle Safety 1. Take a motorcycle safety course. Even if your state doesnâ€™t require safety courses, find one anyway. The course will help you understand traffic laws and how to be a safer biker.
2. Invest in proper safety gear. Buy a helmet, of course, but donâ€™t neglect other proper riding gear like jackets, legwear, and appropriate foot gear.
3. Avoid following too close. Be sure thereâ€™s enough space between you and drivers in front of you for you to stop.
4. Avoid driving while intoxicated. This should go without saying, but weâ€™re saying it anyway. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances greatly reduces your reaction time and coordination. This can be especially deadly on motorcycles.
5. Ride within your ability. Take the time to build your skill in riding a motorcycle and avoid dangerous habits like weaving in and out of traffic, travelling fast down winding roads, and travelling at excessive speeds.
6. Avoid distracted driving. Keep your eyes off your cell phone and keep both hands on the handlebars.
7. Educate motorcycle passengers. Make sure that youâ€™re comfortable with having passengers on your bike. Also be sure to have them wear proper safety gear and inform them of how they should sit on the bike.
8. Wear a helmet. Itâ€™s worth repeating twice. Motorcycle helmets are your best defense against traumatic injury.
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