Motorcycle-related deaths and injuries are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.74 per 100,000 people in the U.S. died from motorcycle accidents in 2008, a 55% increase over the 2001 rate of 1.12 per 100,000.
Similarly, there were a total of 175,000 motorcycle-related injuries in 2008, a sharp rise from the 120,00 recorded in 2001.
Motorcycle riding can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. Here are some tips for riding safely:
- Wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event that you’re involved in an accident.
- Never ride after you’ve been drinking. Alcohol impairs reflexes and quickness of decision-making, which is extremely dangerous when you’re riding a motorcycle. Call a cab.
- Wear protective clothing. There’s a reason for the stereotype of the leather jacket-clad motorcyclist: heavy clothing provides a level of injury protection.
- Wear bright clothing. It makes you more noticeable to surrounding vehicle drivers.
- Maintain a safe speed.
- Be careful. Especially on slippery surfaces and gravel, which can make you lose control and go flying.
Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Kyle Law Firm today. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.