Even though motorcycles make up only 3 percent of registered vehicles in the US, they account for many traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 236 motorcycle crashes result in injuries every day in the United States. In general, the odds of getting into a motorcycle accident are 1 in 100. Although these odds are high, there are ways to prevent getting into a crash.
Human error plays a huge part in why motorcycle accidents happen. Many people claim that the lane-splitting law in California has contributed heavily to the increased number of motorcycle accidents. If you’ve ever seen a motorcyclist squeezing between cars on the freeway- that’s what lane splitting is.
How to Stay Safe
THE NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,872 motorcyclists in 2017. Helmets are extremely effective in preventing fatal injuries. Complete motorcycle gear such as goggles, gloves, and leather jackets can also play a role in keeping you safe. Making sure to stay visible to other drivers is crucial. You cannot assume you’re visible to other drivers.
Here are some ways to stay visible:
-Avoid other drivers blind spots
-drive with your headlights on
-wear reflective clothing
-always use turn signals and hand signals
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to call the experienced motorcycle crash attorneys at State Law Firm for a free-consultation.