Motorcycles are remarkably energy efficient, not to mention a blast to ride. But compared to regular cars, there’s no denying that motorcycles are far more dangerous. The Insurance Information Institute presents some sobering statistics behind motorcycle accidents, finding that:
- In 2014, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passengers of cars to die in a crash for every mile travel
- Motorcyclists were also 5 times more likely to be injured than ordinary car occupants Obviously, motorcyclists need to exercise more caution when on the road. Below are a few safety tips motorcyclists should follow.
- Get a Motorcycle You Can Handle
- Buy Antilock Brakes
- Take a Motorcycle Riding Course
- Always Wear a Helmet
Modern motorcycles, even those with small-displacement engines, are surprisingly fast and nimble. That said, it’s important to test drive a bike before buying it so you know if you can handle it or not.
According to the IIHS, “The rate of fatal crashes is 31 percent lower for motorcycles equipped with optional ABS than for those same models without ABS.” ABS brakes help you maintain control when making emergency stops, preventing skids and crashes.
Taking an official course from a motorcycle driving school teaches you a number of basic safety tips you may not know, as well as advanced techniques like emergency maneuvers.
Helmets are a sensitive topic for many motorcycle riders. But stats don’t lie—riders without helmets are more likely to die from a motorcycle crash. Helmets help save lives, period. For more motorcycle safety tips, be sure to follow this blog. If you or a loved one need legal assistance after a motorcycle accident, contact Barrus Injury Lawyers for a FREE consultation of your options.