We are all universally saddened by news related to motorcycle accident injuries. Too often fragile lives hang in the balance based on costly mistakes. Some argue for more stringent helmet laws. Others argue for lower speed limits. And still others prefer the freedom and exhilaration associated with handling a motorcycle.
First of all, let's start with the facts according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration :
- Motorcyclists are 25 times more likely experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars.
- In 2006, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in highway accidents alone.
- 11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in the U.S. involve motorcycles.
- Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.
According to WhyBike.com, several uncontrollable factors contribute to accidents:
- Failure of other motorists to recognize motorcyclists in heavy traffic or at night
- Road conditions like potholes, debris, and uneven places
- Poor weather conditions
However, there are some safety precautions that motorcyclists should utilize, such as:
- Using a turn signal at all times
- Not driving between two lanes
- Following speed limits
- Checking vehicle for defects
- Not driving under the influence drugs or alcohol
- Not engaging in hostile actions (i.e. road rage, racing, etc.)
The NHTSA has released several reports concerning the protection of these riders:
A 2004 study revealed that motorcycle rider fatalities increased for the seventh year in a row since 1997.
Another study found that, as of 2008, 20 States and the District of Columbia have universal motorcycle helmet laws. And, the odds that a motorcycle rider in a single-vehicle crash wore a helmet were 72 percent less in States without a universal helmet law.
In their October 2007 Action Plan to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities, the NHTSA assures its effort to promote the use of helmets and other protective gear, and to encourage more riders to participate in training courses.
Ultimately, safer roads for motorcyclists and passenger motorists lie in the hands of the beholders. Passenger motorists should be more aware and cautious around motorcyclists, especially checking blind spots. Motorcyclists should practice disciplined speeds, and use protective measures before hitting the road. It takes a concerted effort on a united front!
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