Motorcycle riders notoriously suffer high rates of serious injury and fatality in traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,579 motorcyclists died from traffic accidents in 2020. Given these significant safety risks, motorcycle riders and drivers alike should take extra precautions to minimize the risk of an accident.
For example, a recent news article reported that a motorcycle accident in Brunswick, Maine left a motorcycle rider in serious condition. The accident occurred as the motorcyclist was riding northbound when he collided with the side of a pickup truck turning onto an intersecting road. Despite wearing a helmet, the motorcycle rider suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
How Can You Stay Safe When Riding a Motorcycle?
Though motorcycles are a dangerous form of travel, the NHTSA has recommended several tips for drivers and motorcycle riders alike to minimize the risk of an accident. First, before even getting on the road, motorcycle riders should make sure they understand how to operate a motorcycle safely. In addition to required motorcycle licensing tests, riders should practice riding a new motorcycle. Motorcycle riders can practice in a parking lot or around the neighborhood before riding on the road. Additionally, even experienced motorcycle riders may struggle when faced with rough terrain, slippery roads, or potholes. To be prepared for any road conditions they may encounter, riders should learn how to operate their motorcycle when dealing with inclement weather, debris, or other obstructions to the road.