While motorcycles can be exciting for avid riders and novices, they are far more perilous than driving or riding in a car. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to lose their lives in a collision than people in a car. And almost half of all motorcycle fatalities involve single-vehicle crashes.
The statistics are even more frightening for older riders, many of whom are returning to the pastime, or have just recently acquired a new hobby. Due to delayed reflexes, poor eyesight, and more fragile bones, riders past age 60 are three times more likely to be hospitalized following a crash than younger riders.
Nevertheless, many motorcyclists ride throughout their lives without ever falling victim to an injury. It is important to prepare thoroughly and to be risk-averse. Be aware that 48 percent of deaths in 2010 were due to speeding, and alcohol was a contributing factor in 42 percent. If you remove those elements, you can substantially lower your risk.
Here are some tips that can enable you to remain safe while riding a motorcycle:
Do not purchase a bike that is more than you can manage. Modern-day bikes, including those of a smaller size, can generate far more power and speed than those of 10 or 20 years ago. When looking for a bike, make certain that you choose one that is suitable for you. When you sit on the bike, make sure you can place both feet firmly on the ground. You should be able to easily access handlebars and controls.
Purchase anti-lock brakes. Anti-lock brakes have been proven to save lives. As revealed by the IIHS, motorcycles that have ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to be a party to a deadly crash than those without such equipment.
Sharpen your skills. Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course in your neighborhood. An MSF course or comparable class can instruct you regarding the basic and advanced riding techniques, including how to execute evasive emergency procedures.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizo, Pappa & Casazza.