As temperatures slowly rise with the arrival of spring, motorcyclists longing to get off on the open road can dust their bikes off and enjoy the thrill and exhilaration that motorcyclists feel the second they hit the road. For hardcore motorcyclists, there just isn’t a better way to travel. However, it cannot be denied that motorcycling is far more dangerous than driving a car, as nothing protects the motorcyclist from impact if they are involved in a car accident. They are much more likely to suffer serious personal injury or death than those in a passenger car. May is Motorbike Safety Awareness Month, raising awareness of the steps motorcyclists and the motorists who share the road with them should take to stay safe and avoid a devastating accident.
Victims of accidents involving a motorcycle are asked to contact an experienced accident attorney for assistance.
What makes motorcycles so dangerous?
Although today’s newer cars are equipped with a variety of advanced safety features such as airbag systems, anti-lock braking systems, and collision warning systems, motorcycles do not have any of these functions. In addition, there is no steel frame to protect the driver from an impact. With the exception of helmets and other protective equipment that motorcyclists can wear, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury if they are involved in an accident. Unfortunately, even in countries where helmets are required by law, not all motorcyclists wear a helmet every time they ride. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 1,800 motorcycle deaths could have been prevented in 2017 if the driver had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Below are examples of motorcycle accident statistics:
Motorbike deaths are 30 times higher than car accidents.
Motorcyclists over the age of 40 are approximately 20 times more likely to be injured and 36 times more likely to be fatally injured in a motorcycle accident than motorists of the same age.
About 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, while only 20 percent of car accidents result in injury or death.
Although motorcyclists only make up about two percent of registered vehicles, they make up about five percent of road deaths.
According to the NHTSA, 13 out of 100,000 motorists are involved in a fatal collision, compared with 72 out of 100,000 motorcyclists.
98 percent of motorcyclists involved in a car accident are seriously injured.
Motorcyclists often need significant long-term financial assistance to pay for serious spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
What safety tips should motorcyclists keep in mind?
Even the safest and most responsible motorcyclist can be involved in a serious car accident when a motorist suddenly stops, cuts off a motorcyclist, or does not pay attention to his surroundings. If you follow these safety tips, motorcyclists can reduce the risk of a serious accident:
Always wear a helmet. Most states have helmet laws that require motorcyclists to wear a helmet at all times. Wearing a helmet that fits properly is one of the most effective ways to protect motorcyclists from serious head and brain injuries in the event of an accident. Head injuries are the leading cause of death among motorcyclists.
Wear the appropriate protective equipment. In addition to helmets, motorcyclists are strongly advised to wear appropriate motorcycle gear that can protect the rider from injury caused by sliding on the asphalt. This includes lederhosen or other armored equipment, as well as motorcycle boots that protect your feet from asphalt and the heat of the engine. Drivers are also encouraged to wear brightly colored or reflective clothing so that other drivers can easily see them in the dark or in bad weather.
Keep the motorcycle well-maintained. Before every trip, motorcyclists are asked to check the tread depth and tire pressure as well as the hand and foot brakes, headlights, fluid levels and signal displays. When carrying cargo, the driver should ensure that it is securely fastened and adjust the tire pressure to accommodate the extra weight.
Drive within the difficulty level. Motorcyclists should not attempt to drive at speeds or maneuvers that are beyond their ability. For example, a driver should not attempt high speeds or lane weaving if it is unsafe, or the driver does not yet have the skills to attempt this type of movement.
Leave a lot of space. Drivers should always leave enough space on the road to come to a stop. It’s a good idea to practice stopping in a safe place to get a feel for the bike, how much caster a rider should give and how much space on the road it will take to slow down and come to a stop .
Avoid distracted driving. Any kind of distraction while driving can be very dangerous, but this is especially true when riding a motorcycle. Checking text, answering a phone, or doing some other type of distracted driving can increase the risk of a serious motorcycle accident.
Practice defensive riding. Motorcyclists should never assume that a driver will see him. Motorcyclists must closely monitor other vehicles nearby and take proactive measures to avoid a collision.
Pay close attention to the weather. Those who drive should always check the local weather forecast before hitting the road. Weather conditions can change quickly at this time of year. When storms are forecast, motorcyclists should think until the storm is over before hitting the road again. If travel cannot be avoided, the motorcyclist should slow down and exercise extreme caution.
What should motorists do to safely share the road with motorcyclists?
Even if motorcyclists take all safety precautions, they cannot control how motorists drive. If motorists do not prioritize safety and make unsafe driving decisions, it can endanger the safety of other vehicles on the road, including motorcyclists. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at much greater risk of serious injury or death if a motorist causes a car accident. Drivers are asked to be extra careful when sharing the road with a motorcyclist and to always adhere to the following safety recommendations:
Avoid distracted driving. Like motorcyclists, drivers should always keep their attention on the road. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 25 percent of all car accidents are caused by distracted driving. Common examples are talking on the phone or texting, eating, changing radio stations, reaching for something in the back seat, and arguing with another passenger.
Don’t drive drunk. Almost 30 percent of car accidents in the US are caused by drunk driving. Despite the fact that it is common knowledge that drunk driving is dangerous and illegal, people continue to engage in this unsafe behavior. If a motorist wants to consume alcohol, he or she should arrange a drive home with a friend or use a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft.
Get enough sleep. Sleepy driving is another type of driving behavior that can cause serious accidents. According to the AAA Road Safety Foundation, approximately 328,000 accidents are caused by drowsy drivers, and the real number is likely much higher as these accidents are largely underreported.
Avoid aggressive driving. Accelerating, dodging, dodging, hatching, clipping other drivers, and sending rude gestures are examples of aggressive driving. Aggressive drivers kill over 11,000 people each year, according to the NHTSA.
What are examples of motorcycle accident injuries?
Motorcyclists, like pedestrians and cyclists, are very vulnerable to injury when they are involved in a car accident. If fortunate enough to survive the accident, there is a very high probability that a motorcyclist could sustain very serious injuries that could require hospitalization, multiple surgeries and even long-term care. Depending on the type and severity of the accident, the motorcyclist could suffer a variety of injuries, including the following:
Biker arm that permanently damages the nerves
Cuts and cuts
Internal organ damage
Soft tissue injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Baltimore accident attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton protect the rights of injured motorcyclists
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to contact the highly trained and experienced Baltimore accident attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the details of the accident, determine if there was any negligence, and ensure that you receive the maximum monetary compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our dedicated legal team will guide you through every step of the application process and answer all of your questions and concerns. We won’t stop fighting for you until you are completely satisfied. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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