Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in traumatic injuries and fatalities to the motorcyclist than the driver of an automobile or truck involved in the collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in Kentucky alone, there were more than 1,100 fatalities as a result of motorcycle crashes in 2009. As motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road and provide almost no protection in a crash, it is imperative that safety while riding a motorcycle is a rider’s first priority. An excellent way to learn motorcycle safety information is to attend a motorcycle safety course, which is intended to make new and experienced motorcyclists safer on the road and help prevent dangerous accidents.
For example, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) which works to improve motorcyclist safety offers classes for both novice and more experienced bikers and is available in training locations across Kentucky. In the Basic Ridercourse that teaches essential information for beginners, you will learn a variety of things, including:
- the appropriate gear to wear;
- how to start and stop your motorcycle safely;
- how to maneuver in different traffic situations and driving environments; and
- how to inspect your motorcycle.
For more experienced bike enthusiasts, the Experienced Ridercourse will keep you abreast of new safety issues and riding trends, as well as allow a motorcyclist to learn new riding techniques while mastering old ones.
There is only so much a motorcyclist can do to avoid or prevent an accident caused by another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior. Even when people use caution and are safe, it is unfortunately still possible for accidents to happen. With the help of a Louisville motorcycle crash attorney, a motorcyclist who is injured due to the fault of another may be able to seek damages for lost wages, medical bills, and even pain and suffering.