The latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that there were 4,612 deaths due to motorcycle accidents in 2011. This is about a 2% increase from the motorcycle accident fatalities in 2010. Although this number includes deaths on other types of bikes as well, 4,323 of them are from two-wheel motorcycles. These motorcycle accident statistics are alarming, but there are some safety guidelines that you can take so that you do not become one of these numbers. Below are some important motorcycle safety tips from the experienced Tallahassee personal injury attorney at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A.
Wear a helmet. According to the motorcycle accident statistics from 2011, forty percent of the fatality victims were not wearing a helmet. Not only could wearing a helmet save your life, but it can also prevent debilitating injuries to your brain if you survive the accident.
Don’t drive drunk. This should be a fairly obvious one. If you are drunk, your sense of judgment could be severely impaired, making it more likely that you will get into an accident.
Follow all driving rules. Thirty-five percent of riders who died in 2011 were speeding. This is a higher fatality rate than any other vehicle type.
Watch for hazards. Potholes, cracks, bumps, and oncoming traffic can be dangerous for you and your motorcycle. In addition, inclement weather conditions such as rain, sleet and snow can increase your chances of being involved in a crash.
If you have a motorcycle, make sure you are following the rules to stay safe from injury or death. You do not want to become part of next year’s motorcycle accident statistics.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver's negligence, contact Shapiro Law Firm for a free consultation regarding your potential case. Call (850) 629-7226.