According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), there are several thousand motorcycle related deaths each year. On top of this, there are several hundred thousand motorcycle-related injuries each year. In just 2009, there were close 4,462 fatal motorcycle accidents and 90,000 injuries. Many of the injured parties were saved because they took safety precautions beforehand. Motorcycle safety precautions will not prevent all motorcycle accidents, but it will reduce damage.
One of the most crucial factors in motorcycle safety is wearing a helmet. Per the NCSL, helmets reduce motorcycle related deaths by 37%, and brain injuries by 67%. Because of this, many of the states in the U.S. mandate that motorcyclists wear protective helmets when operating a motorcycle.
In addition to helmet use, NCSL suggest that all riders complete motorcycle rider training and education before being permitted a license. Motorcycle education programs promote safety and educate riders on road hazards, lane splitting, alcohol and motorcycles, and more. Although not every state requires riders to take a motorcycle education class, most states provide state-funded motorcycle safety programs.
Being aware of vital equipment and safety recalls is another important measure to take in regard to motorcycle safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps an up-to-date database of current recalls, as well as the necessary needed motorcycle equipment, such as anti-lock brakes.
Although motorcycle accidents are very likely, it’s imperative to keep yourself educated on safety issues and preventative measures should an accident occur. Simple safety precautions could make a difference between life or death. If you’ve already been involved in a motorcycle accident and need legal help, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can assist you.