According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motorcycle crashes killed more than 4500 people in 2010 alone. In a single year, medical expenses for injuries and deaths from motorcycle accidents were more than $12 billion dollars. Drivers of motorcycles love the rush and the freedom of being in the open air, but riding one can also be extremely dangerous, so Louisville motorcycle accident lawyer Tad Thomas urges riders to take some basic steps to help prevent Kentucky motorcycle accidents.
Take a rider’s course, preferably the basic rider course for beginners designed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). It is a compact course covering all the basic and necessary training you would want to know being a beginning level motorcycle driver. The course effectively covers the following main topics:
- Effective turning techniques
- Protective gear
- Traffic strategies
- Special riding situations
- Effective braking techniques
- Evasive maneuvers
While many states, including Kentucky, don’t require most riders to wear helmets, it is clear they save lives. Studies show that helmets would prevent as many as 37 percent of motorcycle crash deaths. Some important things you need to keep in mind while buying a helmet are:
- Your helmet should fit properly; not too loose and not too tight.
- You should be comfortable in your helmet.
- Remember to fasten your helmet and not to keep it open.
- Look out for the special sticker by the DOT (Department of Transportation).
- Your helmet should be lightweight.
Eye protection is very necessary while riding your motorcycle, so make sure your helmet offers eye shields. Otherwise, a pair of safety goggles should do the trick. Whatever you use should be shatter proof, clear, and scratch free.
Another important element while motorcycle riding is the jacket. They are offered in versatile materials made for maximum protection, but good old leather can always be trusted. Jackets should even be worn in the hot summer since many materials have the ability to let the breeze pass through.
Also, the same goes for pants. Your number one choice has to be leather of course. Not only are they comfortable to wear for every season, but they also have maximum durability and abrasion resistance , which makes it all the more safer for you while on your bike.
Visit the CDC Motorcycle Safety page for more motorcycle safety information.