In 2018, almost 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents. While the number of motorcyclist fatalities has decreased in the past two years, these numbers are still too high.
According to the NHTSA:
Â· Motorcyclists fatalities occur 27 times more than fatalities in other types of accidents.
Â· Motorcyclists account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Â· In 2017, there were 89,000 motorcycle accident injuries recorded.
With these alarming statistics in mind, we must ask â€“ is there anything we can do to prevent motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycle Safety Tips for Summer
If you plan to ride your motorcycle this summer â€“ be it a short trip or an extended ride â€“ consider these motorcycle safety tips for summer:
1.Â Prepare for your journey ahead of time:
Â·Â Perform routine maintenance on your bike
Â·Â Get any malfunctions fixed
Â·Â Check your route for road construction
2.Â Check the weather before you ride. Make sure you check all areas of your route.
3.Â Wear the right helmet. A Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant helmet can reduce the risk of a brain injury by 67 percent!
4.Â Dress for safety. Wear appropriate gear, including long pants and sleeves. Wear gloves and boots that protect you.
5.Â Be visible. Wear reflective gear whenever possible, especially when riding at night. You can also put the reflective gear on your bike.
6.Â Always drive sober. An estimated 27 percent of motorcycle accident fatalities involve intoxication. Never operate your motorcycle after consuming alcohol or drugs (even prescription drugs).
Of course, you canâ€™t control the actions of others. However, you can do everything in your power to make sure you are safe and responsible.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Sahar Malek Law to learn more about your legal rights. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.