Motorcycles are less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities. When motorcycles crash, the rider lacks the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed.
So, while only 3 percent of all vehicles on the roads are motorcycles, they account for 14 percent of all motor vehicle-related fatalities.
Risk factors behind these fatal accidents include absence of a helmet, alcohol use, speeding and not having a valid license.
Drinking and riding is especially hazardous.
And here's why...
Fatally injured motorcyclists are more likely than drivers of any other vehicle to drive drunk.
Of those Motorcyclists who die in single car crashes, 40 percent had a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater.
So what are some ways you can be safe while riding a motorcycles?
- Perform a Bike Safety Check BEFORE you ride!
- Follow the Speed Limit!
- Wear a quality protective helmet.
- Keep your headlight on at all times.
- Wear high visibility, protective clothing.
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