Motorcycle accidents cause a much higher incidence of death and
injury per accident than do car accidents. In other words, if you are involved
in a vehicular accident and you are on a motorcycle, you are 3 times more likely
to be injured and 14 times more likely to be killed. Helmet laws, enacted in
many states, are helping to reduce these numbers, but motorcyclists still are
at greater risk of death or injury than those in passenger vehicles.
It is always wise to take precautions when riding a motorcycle, including:
- Wear a helmet and require your passengers to do so.
- Obey the traffic laws, especially in regard to speeding, passing, and
following too closely.
- Remember that you are not as large or as visible as an automobile, so
do all you can to increase your own visibility, such as riding with the headlight
on at all times and wearing reflective clothing after dark.
- Be sure you are able to control the motorcycle while carrying a passenger
and insist that the passenger obey your directions.
- Road hazards have a much greater affect on a small two-wheel vehicle,
so watch for bumps, cracks in the road, loose gravel or any other condition
that might cause you to lose control.
What to do if you are in an accident
FAQ's on motor vehicle damage