It’s no secret that motorcycles are fun to drive. But they are also much more dangerous than a car. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car, and nearly half of all motorcycle deaths are the result of single-vehicle crashes.
The key to enjoying a lifetime of riding your motorcycle is to be aware of the dangers you should avoid and to take every safety precaution you can. Motorcyclists in Kentucky can stay safe using these tips for safe riding:
Never drink and ride. According to the IIHS, 42 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involved alcohol. Alcohol reduces your reaction time, blurs vision, and impairs your judgment and decision making skills, all of which are key factors in staying safe on a motorcycle.
Obey speed limit laws. In 2010, 48 percent of motorcyclist fatalities involved speeding. This percentage is staggering, and certainly worth paying attention to. Motorcyclists have little protecting them in the event of a crash, and excessive speed only makes things worse. Following speed limit laws can dramatically reduce a rider’s risk.
Wear a helmet. Many motorcyclists are against wearing safety headgear as they feel it alters their experience too much. But the facts cannot be argued. Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries than those without helmets. Full face helmets are the ideal choice. Modern helmets are designed to be lightweight and comfortable and even reduce wind noise and fatigue.
Practice defensive riding. A recent study by a south Florida university found that in accidents involving a car and a motorcycle, car drivers were at fault 60 percent of the time. It is important for motorcycle drivers to be extra alert, especially in on roads today where car drivers are more distracted by cell phones and texting behind the wheel.
Watch for road hazards. Kentucky’s interstates and highways are generally well-maintained, but motorcyclists can easily lose control of their bike after hitting a piece of road debris like a piece of a tire or tree branch. Kentucky’s rural roads can also be dangerous for motorcyclists, as they are often full of potholes, large cracks, and debris. Keep an eye out for possible hazards when riding.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, a Louisville motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover the financial damages you need to be healthy again. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries, which can be expensive and require a long time to recover from. Thomas Law Offices is experienced in handling motorcycle accident claims in Kentucky, and will fight for your rights. Contact our legal team today for a free, no-obligation consultation of your case.