Some riding newbies want the hottest race bike. So they see movies like Fast and Furious. Or they may be attracted to a Harley Hog. Maybe they think it makes them appear tough. Either way, new and even experienced riders must know what these bikes can and cannot do in a life or death situation.
As fuel costs skyrocket, more and more crashes are reported. The trends show that a new bike, even in the hands of an experienced rider, is far more likely to be wrecked. The same holds true for the daily driver a rider is used to riding.
A rider runs Ehline Law Firm. And we provide this material to help people understand the risks riders face. Also, we want you to know why it is so important to retain a motorcycle injury lawyer with experience. Above all, these serious matters alter the lives of innocent people in California. A lawyer can balance things out.
The Alarming Figures.
In 2006 alone, over 1 million motorcycles were sold. As motorcycle popularity is increasing, so is the rate of motorcycle accidents. Between 1997 and 2006, motorcycle fatalities increased by over 127 percent. Also, the rate of accidents isn’t due to the greater number of motorcycles on the road. Motorcycle debacle trends show that motorcycles only comprise like 2% of all motor vehicles registered. But their crash and mishaps rate was 10% of all roadway calamities.
Motorcycles are much more vulnerable during a roadway accident than automobiles and can easily become a grim statistic. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than four-wheeled automobile drivers. While 20% of car collisions result in injury or death, a stunning 80% of motorcycle accidents result in the same. And this goes for the passengers too. (motorcycle deaths NHTSA).
No matter what bike you buy, you need to know its strengths and weaknesses like the back of your hand. Having a great bike is not going to prevent the other guy from ruining your day to day activities.
The vulnerability of a motorcyclist is underscored by the number of fatalities to both motorcyclists and automobile drivers. These stats are based on accidents per 100 million miles of travel.
For multi-passenger automobiles, the fatality rate per 100 million miles of travel was 1.7 deaths. However, for motorcyclists, the death rate was 35.0 deaths per 100 million miles of travel. Riders are in danger even when everything seems running smoothly.
Having an expensive, high-performance machine can give a rider a false sense of security. Some bikes are so stable at high speeds that one forgets how fast one is accelerating. Speed is helpful sometimes, enabling bikers to get out of hazardous scenes rapidly.
Race bikes, as opposed to more lumbering, less nimble bagger bikes, come to mind. But speed can increase the chances of more serious injuries and death for a rider. As noted, the risks are much greater than for the driver of a car.
In 2006, speed was a factor in 37% of motorcycle fatalities. But fatalities for regular collisions involving speed were only 23%. However, most injuries from motorcycle accidents still occur in the less than 30 miles per hour range. Reducing speed doesn’t protect a vulnerable rider from all risks. There in the asphalt jungle out there. Bottom line, if you’re used to riding a race bike, and all of a sudden want a Harley, you need to adjust your riding. Factors to consider are the high and low-speed performance of the bike.
Helmet and Equipment Usage and Accidents.
Equipment, particularly helmets, can help reduce the severity of injuries and fatalities in accidents, but not prevent them. Fatalities in 2006 were 4,810. However, 1,658 motorcyclists were saved by helmet usage the same year. Helmets should always comply with the standards of safety set by the government. In 2006, if 752 motorcyclists had complied with standards for their helmets, they wouldn’t have died in motorcycle accidents.
One of the most tragic trends in rider killings involves alcohol usage. Preventable drinking and driving remains a major problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 30% of motorcyclists who died in crashes had a blood alcohol level of over 0.08 g/dL, the legal alcohol limit.
Simply put: do not drink and drive.
A vigilant motorcyclist will keep up with current motorcycle accident trends, understand it is the rider and not the bike that keeps the biker safe. A rider need not become one of the statistics.
While out cruising and walloped by a negligent car driver, you have a whole other problem altogether. The sensible thing to do, is to engage a Motorcycle Lawyer. You could be leaving money damages on the table for both your and your bike. So if the injuries weren’t your fault call (888) 400-9721.