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May is Motorcycle Safety Month

May 15, 2013 @ 10:06 AM — by Jeff Roberts

     The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 11% of all accident involve motorcycles and that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than someone in a car or other vehicle. Keeping these statistics in mind, it is important for motorcyclists to always be on alert while on the road and remember simple, yet effective, tips for staying safe.

     The best, most important way to stay safe on your motorcycle is to always wear the right helmet. Helmets can reduce the risk of a fatal head injury, which is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents, by 37%. In fact, statistics show that a person not wearing a helmet is 40 times more likely to die than someone who was wearing a helmet. Helmets can also reduce the risk of non-fatal head injury by 69%. While the different states have different laws regarding helmet use, a state universal helmet law is the only proven measure shown to improve safety. Many foundations and organizations support a universal helmet law, including AAA Foundation, the National Safety Council, and the Brain Injury Association. In addition to helmets, safety gear such as the right clothing (shoes, gloves, etc.) and eye protection are also recommended, as this is all there is between you and the road. It is also crucial to stay visible to other drivers and always ride defensively. Often times, accidents occur because motorcyclists are simply not seen by others. Motorcyclists should be comfortable handling their bike in any situation and give themselves time and space to respond to other’s actions.

     A good way to become and stay a safe, responsible motorcycle rider is to enroll in a motorcycle safety course. These courses, which provide both formal class activities and on-cycle riding exercises, looks at the different kinds of motorcycles, maintenance, how to properly operate a bike, and the risks involved with being a motorcyclist. Also, it provides education on staying safe on the streets and avoiding hazards. Often times, these courses take less than a week to complete and can have a financial benefit as well. Many insurance carriers, including Geico, Allstate, Nationwide, Progressive, and Liberty Mutual offer discounts on insurance after one completes a safety course.

     While many precautions can be taken to avoid injuries and fatalities, motorcycle accidents are inevitable. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in California contact an Orange County motorcycle accident attorney at the Roberts Law Firm. We will obtain fair and complete compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and worst harm of all, loss of enjoyment of living your life pain free.

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