According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents cause more traffic fatalities each year in the United States than other types of vehicles. This indicates the injuries sustained by motorcyclists in crashes are generally more severe than in car or truck crashes. This is understandable, as motorcycles do not have the same protection from an impact that occupants of cars and trucks do.
When one car hits the back of another to cause a rear-end collision, it is often called a “rear-ender.” These types of accidents happen at slow speeds and fast speeds alike. Seat belts and airbags often provide protection for motorists in a rear-ender. For motorcyclists, rear-end collisions have an entirely different set of risks and can often be one of the most devastating types of collisions.
Motorcycle safety is one of the most common topics when talking about motorcycles. The popularity of motorcycles has risen almost every year since the 1970’s, when street-legal bikes came on the scene. Since that time, motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities have become a way of life. Despite the known dangers, riders take to the streets daily seeking the unparalleled adrenaline rush.
One large component impacting the safety of motorcycle riders is the use of a helmet. Whether you are for or against helmet laws, it is undeniable helmets prevent head injuries. Helmet laws in 19 states require motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets when riding. At least 28 states have enacted some variety of a “partial” helmet requirement for certain operators. As of May 2016, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire are the only states which have no helmet requirements for rider or passengers.
We notice motorcycles regularly weaving in and out of traffic. But, do we always see them? Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, many motorists often don’t see motorcycles. Most people have never ridden a motorcycle and are unfamiliar with controlling and maneuvering a bike. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published a list titled, “Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles.” The list helps explain how motorcyclists operate their bike. The list can be found here: http://www.forcardrivers.com/quicktips.html
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