People who ride motorcycles know the unique excitement and experience that riding offers. You get to experience nature and the road in a way that other vehicles don’t provide. If you’ve ridden even once, you also know that motorcycle riding carries additional risk.
Statistics show you’re around 28 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than if you traveled the same amount of miles in a car. Why is this?
Motorcycles are less crashworthy
Drivers are protected by their vehicles. They have bumpers, fenders, doors, and enforced glass protecting them from outside elements. In an accident, a car’s airbags deploy to help minimize the impact of a collision.
Motorcycles are inherently less crashworthy. They’re less stable than cars, and their design exposes a rider to outside elements. In the event of a crash, a rider’s body collides with the object of impact or becomes a projectile. Nothing holds a rider in place or softens the blow of a collision.
Knowing how severe a motorcycle crash can be, you’d hope every rider would use protective gear. That’s not the case, though.
Wearing a helmet that fits and is properly fastened is essential. An unsecured helmet can fly off during a collision. While most important, a helmet isn’t the only gear needed for a safe ride. Wearing sturdy pants protects your legs. Gloves, full-ankle shoes, and reflective gear also help ensure a safer riding experience.
Suppose you were involved in a serious motorcycle accident. In that case, you might want to learn more about your legal options to help protect yourself from further loss.