To some degree, you decide just how safe you are on your motorcycle. There are steps you can take to increase safety and limit injuries.
Some of these include:
- Wearing a helmet
- Following the speed limit
- Getting proper training
- Wearing bright colors
- Not riding at night
- Never drinking and riding
- Never driving recklessly or carelessly
All that said, you do face some inherent risks. You can’t control what other people do on the road, and other drivers can make fatal mistakes that you can’t avoid. You put your life in their hands, to some degree.
So, how safe are motorcycles on the whole? According to the stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcyclist faces 8 times higher odds of getting into an accident that leads to a physical injury than someone who drives a car. The odds of getting into a deadly crash are even more daunting: 35 times as high.
Again, you control some of this risk yourself, but the biggest issue is just that your level of protection in a crash is far lower. If someone else causes the accident by running a red light or cutting you off, your odds of getting hurt or killed are vastly higher than they would be if you were in a pickup truck, an SUV or a passenger car.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle crash or has a loved one been killed? At a difficult time like this, it is very important for you to understand all of the legal options you have to seek out financial compensation.