It’s no secret that motorcycles can be dangerous. However, this danger can be minimized by taking the time to get to know the facts about motorcycle safety and taking the appropriate precautions. Not every motorcycle rider has to end up as another unfortunate statistic. It’s possible to safely ride a motorcycle for years to come.
The Hard Facts of Motorcycle Ownership
Below are some difficult facts that illustrate the need for proper precautions before riding a motorcycle:
- Roughly 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in a serious injury or death.
- About 5 percent of all highway fatalities are from motorcycle accidents.
- A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die due to a head injury than a rider wearing one.
Required Precautions Every Rider Should Take
Anyone who’s about to start riding a motorcycle should take the following precautions:
- Enroll and complete a motorcycle safety course. Not all states require completion of a safety course before obtaining a license, but they should. Completing a motorcycle safety course will impart advice that will save your life time and time again. The instructors will also give you tips about motorcycle maintenance and safety. Taking a motorcycle safety course is the best precaution a motorcycle rider can take.
- Wear the right gear. Riding a motorcycle is much different from driving a car. You can’t just wear whatever you like – what you wear is part of your protection system should you experience an accident. A helmet is a must, as is wearing the right foot gear. Sturdy shoes should be worn at all times. Protecting your skin if you wipe out can be done with the classic leather jacket or with a variety of non-leather alternatives specifically made for motorcycle safety.
- Be aware of the weather. Motorcycles aren’t as stable or as protected as other vehicles, meaning that the weather plays a bigger role in your overall safety. Along with the lack of windshield wipers and decreased traction, taking a ride in the wrong weather can spell disaster. When you’re getting ready to ride, make sure to check the weather and be prepared for rain and winds. Be prepared to pull over and take a break if the weather gets too intense; a missed appointment or being late to work is better than a motorcycle accident.
Are you a motorcyclist who has been in an accident? You need to be represented by an attorney who understands the unique needs of motorcyclists. Give Campbell & Associates a call today at 704.333.0885 for your free consultation.