Safety is a critical issue during the summer months, but for motorcyclists, autumn can be just as critical. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 32,000 people died on our nation’s roads last year. Of that number, more than 4,000 of those fatalities related to motorcycle crashes.
Motorcycle crashes often result because of the actions of riders and drivers alike. A number of motorcyclists- related factors include rider inexperience, impairment, or disregard of highway safety laws. For passenger vehicle drivers and commercial trucks, the issues could relate to weather conditions, poor visibility, aggressive driving, and distractions.
Regardless of the cause, many motorcycle accidents are preventable. For riders, being prepared can help prevent many crashes or reduce serious injuries. Before trips, plan ahead, because knowing routes and understanding a state’s motorcycle specific laws is important. When traveling, try not to ride alone and be aware of possible road construction or weather conditions. Wear protective gear, such as properly fitted helmets. Also, have emergency items, such as first aid kits and tools, in case of vehicle problems or minor injuries.
While there is an annual Motorcycle Awareness Month in May, drivers should be aware of motorcycles every day, given their prevalence on the roadways. Drivers need to realize that they share the roads with various types of vehicles and that awareness and obeying traffic laws are crucial for safe travel.
Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable vehicles on our nation’s roads. While built for speed, maneuverability and fuel economy, motorcycles do not offer their riders the same protections as cars and trucks. As a result, motorcyclists can suffer more than simple scrapes and bruises. Traumatic brain injury and broken bones are common crash injuries suffered by riders.
Riders should always take extra care when traveling because it only takes a second for a serious or fatal accident to occur.
For motorcyclists injured in traffic crashes, medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses may arise. However, an injured rider and their families can recover damages and protect future interests with the assistance of an experienced attorney.