Get your motor runnin’“Born to be Wild”
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way…
When thinking of motorcyclists in the summer, the chorus of Steppenwolf’s 1968 hit “Born to be Wild” pops into mind, bringing images of riders hitting the open road with wind in their hair.
Somewhat of a cult, motorcycle riders love the speed, freedom, and maneuverability of the bike. However, motorcycles come with a greater risk of accidents when compared to other motor vehicles like cars, trucks, and buses. And, due to the open nature of the vehicle, motorcycle accidents tend to come with more serious injuries.
Motorcycles Accidents on the Rise
Motorcycle-involved fatalities have more than doubled since 1997, with the most lives being claimed in the summer-usually highest in the month of July. This statistic has authorities looking for new tools, from awareness campaigns to safety classes.
Ninety percent of riders involved in accidents have no formal training. By participating in a credited training program new riders can earn insurance discounts, road test waivers and license point deductions. Many states offer formal in person and virtual training classes ranging from basic beginner to advanced.
An emphasis on the proper gear for motorcyclists can’t be stressed enough. Helmets are the #1 piece of safety gear in preventing serious injuries. Poor peripheral vision is a common complaint among cyclists when wearing a helmet. However, in a study of more than 900 crash cases, there wasn’t a single case in which a helmet kept a rider from spotting danger. Even low-speed crashes can be fatal. Most riders are going slower than 30 mph when they get injured. At these speeds, helmets can reduce both the number and severity of injuries.
NHTSA’s Motorcycle Safety 5-Year Plan
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published the Motorcycle Safety 5-Year Plan, which is intended to serve as a plan for the administration to address the safety of motorcyclists. The NHTSA’s goal is to keep riders safe by working with its partners and using data-driven approaches to reduce the risk to road users. You can read the entire report here.
Some highlights from the publication:
- Motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities.
- Motorcycle crashes are 27 times more likely to result in a fatality, when compared to other motor vehicle crashes.
- 32% of fatal motorcycle crashes involved speeding.
- 1,872 lives are saved each year thanks to the protection of motorcycle helmets.
- 35% of fatal motorcycle crashes occurred when the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips
Motorcycle riding has seen a surge in recent years. In turn, so have the numbers of injuries and fatalities. Motorcycles put the operator at greater risk of injury or death due to the absence of external protection, lack of restraints, rapid acceleration and speed capability, likelihood of being thrown in a crash, and the relative instability of a two-wheeled vehicle.
The following are some common sense safety precautions that every cyclist should consider to both avoid and protect against motorcycle accidents:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Wear other protective gear, such as gloves.
- Never ride while impaired.
- Be extremely aware of other vehicles on the road.
If You’ve Been In A Motorcycle Accident
Even a minor motorcycle accident can cause life-altering injuries for riders and their passengers. These cases have severe potential consequences for parties on both sides. It’s imperative to consult with experienced legal counsel with a proven track record in motorcycle accident cases to ensure you protect your rights and seek legal recourse if applicable.
Noel & Bonebrake
With more than 100 years of combined legal practice experience, the lawyers of Noel & Bonebrake will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Whether your injury is the result of a motorcycle or auto accident, a slip and fall, a dog bite, a faulty product, or other accident, we will fight for your rights. Contact the law offices of Noel & Bonebrake today!