Motorcyclists enjoy hitting the road in the spring, summer and fall months. In winter, the roads are clear in California, making it a popular destination for riders who want to cruise year-round. Unfortunately, there are many dangers to motorcyclists, who are at a 27 percent higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash than other drivers, based on 2014 statistics.
May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so it's important to talk about the things everyone can do to keep motorcyclists safer on the roads. These people ride vehicles that have little protection against the elements and other vehicles, so it's of the utmost importance for everyone to be aware of them and how to prevent crashes.
You know that it's a good idea to wear a helmet when you're on a motorcycle. The impact of another vehicle or hitting the road could instantly kill you or lead to significant head injuries if you don't. Mandatory helmet laws are enacted in a number of states to help prevent serious injuries as a result of a motorcycle crash.
For the most part, motorcyclists are at risk on the roads because of other people. Larger vehicles take up more space and make the drivers feel safe and secure, so they aren't always as cautious about what's around them. This leads to crashes that can cause serious injuries or death.
Motorcycle accidents happen for many reasons, but when it comes down to it, it's normally human error that is the main factor. If you're riding a motorcycle and are hit, the last thing on your mind at that moment is a lawsuit. You just want to survive and get better. You want the driver who hit you to be held responsible.
Traction is a major factor in a crash of any type, whether it's a motorcycle accident or one with a passenger vehicle. When it comes to motorcycles, poor traction is much more serious, since there are fewer tires to support the balance of the machine.
No matter where you plan to ride, wearing the right motorcycle gear is important for your safety. Gear does more than just protect you in the case of an impact. It keeps you cool on hot days, prevents you from getting wet and keeps you warm when it's cold. The right gear protects you in a crash and prevents injuries. It makes you stand out, too, so drivers are more likely to see you.
Riding a motorcycle at night is daunting thanks in part to the fact that many drivers don't pay attention or recognize when bikers are on the roads. Fortunately, it's possible to ride at night safely.
As someone who enjoys heading out on your motorcycle, you want to know that people are becoming safer on the roads. Vehicles are getting safer, so that should mean that crashes are less likely. The truth is that while motorcycle fatalities have dropped in California, the same is not true throughout the United States. Over 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2015, which was an increase from the 4,548 killed in 2014. Overall, the number of people killed in motorcycle crashes rose 10 percent between 2014 and 2015.
With flooding taking over parts of the United States due to hurricanes and a fall season with heavy rains and snow possible, it's important to understand how to drive safely in flooded areas.