Motorcyclist Injury Prevention
Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in catastrophic injury or death. 70% of motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers failing to see the motorcyclist driving near them. Motorcycle riders, and their passengers, generally carry the weight of protecting themselves from the carelessness of other vehicles on the roadways- even though they have the same rights as other motorists.
Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Motorcycle Safety Guide
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Common Causes of Motorcyclist Injury Accidents Include:
- Negligence of other motorists
- Unsafe lane changes
- Lane splitting
- Cars pulling out into the motorcyclist’s path
- Equipment failure and poor bike maintenance (Click here for pre-inspection information)
- Cars making left hand turns in front of bikes
- Head-on collisions
- Poor weather conditions
- Disobeying traffic laws and speeding
- Construction debris and poor road conditions
- Lack of safety training
Rules of the Ride:
- Ride sober. In California, alcohol was involved in nearly 20 percent of all motorcycle fatalities.
- Stand out. Be noticeable to increase the chances that other motorists will see you.
- Gear up. Use full protective gear, including a helmet.
- According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.
- Pay attention. It might be common sense but motorcycles colliding with fixed objects comprise 25% of motorcyclist deaths.
- Practice makes perfect. Motorcycle safety classes benefit riders of all skill levels.
- Slow down. There may be a need for speed but it’s not worth losing your life.
Rules of the Road:
- Share the road with motorcycles. Motorcyclists have every right that other drivers possess.
- Stay back. Motorcycles can stop more quickly than a car.
- Actively watch for low profile vehicles. A motorcycle could be hidden by another vehicle.
- Double check before changing lanes, merging or leaving an intersection.
- Proceed with Caution—look twice and check your rear and side view mirrors—before turning.