A stunning majority of motorcycle crashes lead to injury or death

You have always heard that motorcycle accidents are dangerous. You wear the gear: a leather jacket, a full-shield helmet, riding gloves and protective pants.

Does that keep you safe? It can, and it absolutely helps. The more safety gear, the better.

That said, the risks may be higher than you realize. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a staggering 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes that get reported lead to injury or death.

It's an incredible risk. If you ever crash, for any reason, the odds strongly favor you at least getting hurt in the wreck. While there are far more car accidents every year due to the sheer number of cars on the road, far more people walk away from these accidents without injuries.

What can you do to prevent a dangerous crash? Try the following:

  • Add reflective clothes and bright clothes to your motorcycle gear. Being visible is incredibly important, and this type of outfit increases visibility for drivers around you.
  • Pay careful attention any time you get to an intersection. Statistics show that about 50 percent of wrecks happen there.
  • Never increase your own risks. Do not text while you ride. Do not drink before getting on your bike. Always observe the speed limit and other traffic laws.

Of course, all accidents cannot be prevented. If you are involved in an accident caused by another driver, leading to serious injuries, make sure you know all of the legal options you have. This also goes for the family members of motorcycle riders who have been tragically killed in these accidents.

Source: State Farm, "Tips To Prevent Motorcycle Accidents," accessed April 05, 2018

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