Motorcycle Safety: How Riders Can Choose Safety
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Jul 09, 2014 in Auto Accident
One of the most important things to note about riding a motorcycle is that many drivers on the road do not respect the cyclists right to be on the road. As such, motorcycle riders are subject to lane interference, tailgating, and accidents at a high rate.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 15 percent of all traffic fatalities involved motorcycles in 2012. This is alarming because motorcycles are not driven as often as cars and motorcycles make up only 3 percent of vehicles in the U.S.
There are many decisions that an individual motorcyclist can make to increase their chances of a safe ride. Decisions that an individual makes about the type of motorcycle, type of helmet, defensive driving classes and keeping ones license up to date are important and can impact safety on the roads.
It is important to wear a helmet and it is equally important to wear the right kind of helmet. Helmets that fit well, that are certified to meet Department of Transportation Safety Standards, and provide facial coverage are an excellent place to start.
Dont Drink And Ride
Motorcycle drivers who are involved in fatal accidents are more likely to be intoxicated. In fact, more than 27% of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were impaired by alcohol and had blood alcohol concentration levels above .08. On any given night, 6 percent of motorcycles riding on the roads are estimated to be riding while impaired by alcohol.
Motorcycle riders have the highest rates of alcohol impaired driving and exceed the rates of impaired drivers of cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Many of the accidents involving motorcycles can be avoided by ensuring that individuals who are riding have not been consuming alcohol.
The NHTSAs motorcycle safety guide is an excellent place to start reviewing excellent safety tips for motorcycle riders.