The First Month of Motorcycle Riding is the Most Dangerous
Inexperienced motorcyclists are four times more dangerous on the road than experienced riders.
June 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Motorcycles are certainly one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. Their lack of a protective frame leaves riders almost fully exposed to the force of other vehicles and the pavement in the event of a motorcycle accident. The Insurance Information Institute says there were 106,000 motorcycle accidents in 2009, resulting in 4,469 deaths. Unfortunately, that number rose to 4,502 in 2010.
Riding a motorcycle can be a rather complex task. Simple maneuvers in a car require extra coordination on a motorcycle. For example, pulling out on a hill on a motorcycle involves six different actions, all coordinated at the right time. That makes for a steep learning curve for new riders and puts them at added risk.
Research shows that the first year - especially the first month - of motorcycle ridership is particularly troublesome. Matthew Moore, vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute, says that new riders are four times riskier in their first month of riding than in their entire second year. Inexperience, unfamiliarity with the motorcycle itself and how to handle it on the road seem to be the primary culprits.
Safety Tips for New Motorcycle Riders
With such ominous statistics, it is crucial that new riders take all possible safety precautions to preserve their safety and lives. The primary concern is visibility. Staying visible to all other drivers and pedestrians is an absolute must as many motorists simply fail to see motorcycles on the road. Precautions include wearing reflective clothing, using a daytime headlight and even using the horn. Flashing a brake light will also help other motorists know you're on the road.
In the event an accident does occur, being properly clothed and padded could make the difference between life and death. Wearing leather or thick protective clothing, along with a sturdy helmet, gloves and eye protection, will help provide some type of barrier between the rider and the road. Being a little hot or uncomfortable is well worth avoiding death or serious injury.
Nevertheless, if you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your situation and your options.
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