Quick Facts on Motorcycle Accidents
It seems every day when I’m driving, I see more and more motorcycles on the road. When I turn on the news, I increasingly see reports on head-on motorcycle collisions. With this in mind, I decided to research and find out why motorcycle accidents are so dangerous.
Facts and Stats on Motorcycle Collisions
Compared to the rest of the driving population, motorcyclists are more at risk of being involved in an accident. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists account for 14 percent of traffic related deaths but are only 3 percent of the overall driving population.
The Insurance Information Institute found that those who ride motorcycles were 28 times more likely to die in a crash compared to passenger vehicle occupants. The Institute also found that only 65 percent of motorcyclists wore helmets in 2012.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Like typical vehicle accidents, there are several common causes of head-on motorcycle collisions, including:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Disregard for traffic rules
The website for McCutchen & Sexton provides a more in-depth explanation of some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. If you’re a motorcycle driver, take a look at this page to stay safe on the road and avoid being involved in a head-on collision in the future.
Of course, motorcycle lovers don’t have to give up their beloved bikes. There are several ways motorcycle riders can keep themselves safe:
- Wear a Helmet
Motorcyclists who don’t wear helmets are far more likely to sustain head injuries than those who do. Not all motorcycle helmets are made equal, however. You’ll want to consider factors such as your head shape, the size and weight of the helmet, as well as the style when selecting your helmet.
- Wear Other Protective Clothing
Helmets aren’t the only gear that can keep you safe on your motorcycle. When riding, consider wearing protective clothing items like leather and boots as well as gloves. Reflective tape will allow others on the road to see you and help you avoid being hit.
- Don’t Drink and Drive
This goes without saying, but don’t drive and get on your motorcycle. Those who drive while intoxicated are far more likely to cause harm to themselves and others, as well risk legal trouble and jail time. Arrange for someone to pick you up if you’ve been out drinking.
- Check out your Motorcycle before Riding
Before hitting the road, check out your motorcycle’s features to see if it is working properly. Take notice of your tires, check for any oil leaks, and test out your turn signals. After getting on the bike, make sure your horn is working and all mirrors are adjusted properly. It sounds tedious — but it may just save your life.
The next time you’re out riding your motorcycle, stay aware of the potential dangers of road, avoid common causes of motorcycle collisions, and take proactive steps to protect yourself on the road. Doing so is a big step toward not only making the roads safer for you, but others as well.