According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are over 8 million motorcycles registered for use on road in the United States. With that many motorcycles, there are bound to be some accidents just like with cars, trucks, and other vehicles.
In 2018 the rate per 100,000 that motorcyclists were involved in accidents was 59.02, while the rate per 100,000 that passenger vehicles were involved in accidents was only 15.3. According to this data from the Insurance Information Institute shows that motorcyclists are almost 4 times as likely to be in an accident as those in passenger vehicles.
If you’re driving or riding on a motorcycle, unfortunately, you are more likely to get in an accident. Motorcycle accidents are most commonly caused by excessive speeds, distracted driving and intoxication by either the driver or the driver of another vehicle.
Since we know that motorcyclists have a higher risk of accidents that means if you are a motorcycle driver you need to be extra diligent. You may not be able to prevent all accidents but you can reduce your risk of an accident by doing these simple things:
- Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. By adding intoxication to the mix you are asking for trouble. Driving sober is important no matter what vehicle you drive.
- Always wear a helmet and protective gear. This might not stop you from getting into an accident, but it will help protect you if you are involved in one. Motorcyclists are exposed to the elements more so than those in cars, so protective gear is crucial and could save your life.
- Mind the rules of the road. Like cars, motorcycles have to follow the rules of the road. Always abide by speed limits, lane lines and other road markers.
- Look out for yourself. When you’re on a motorcycle you’re harder to see than if you’re in a car. Make sure drivers can see you and are aware you’re there. Never assume a driver has seen you if you aren’t sure.
- Use caution on potentially hazardous roadways. Things like gravel on the road, road construction and other potentially hazardous road conditions can be extremely dangerous for motorcyclists. Things that cars may whiz by could cause your bike to slide, flip or lose control.
- Be cautious of weather conditions. Rain, wind and ice are all very dangerous for motorcyclists. Not only can they cause you to lose control of your bike, but things like rain may cause impaired vision.
If you’ve been involved in an accident and need an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact The Holman Law Firm.