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Preventing Injuries In A Motorcycle Crash

Alarming statistics about motorcycle accidents have been published by the Center For Disease Control on its website which state that the number of motorcycle accident related fatalities doubled between 1999 and 2008 including over 34,000 fatalities. Annual statistics from 2012 for motorcycle fatalities showed a 7% increase from 2011 with 4,957 motorcycle additional fatalities along with nearly 1,223,000 people who have suffered serious injuries serious that require emergency medical treatment. For a licensed motorcyclist, the risk of being involved in a deadly accident is typically 35 times higher than for other vehicle drivers or passengers. Some safety tips for motorcyclists that can significantly reduce the risk of getting into an accident are:

Wear a Helmet

The NHTSA recommends that wearing a helmet reduces your risk of sustaining a serious injury by almost 40 percent. In the state of Louisiana, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. A rider may face tickets, fines and possible suspension of their license is possible if they are caught riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Remember that motorcycle helmets DO NOT interfere with rider’s vision or hearing.

Wear Protective Clothing

Although wearing a helmet is useful to an extent, protecting the rest of your body by wearing goggles, leather gloves, boots and long pants helps to minimize abrasions and lacerations if you are in an accident. Brightly colored clothing increases the visibility for other motorists to see a rider especially on a crowded interstate or highway.

Avoid Any Blind Spots

It is always advisable to drive at a reasonable speed and avoid driving into another vehicle’s blind spot.  Never drive aggressively and never assume that other drivers know of your presence. It is important to remember that half of the drivers are distracted dues to one reason or another and do not have their full attention on the road. They could be talking on a cell phone, texting, eating or telling the kids to quiet down in the back seat. Such drivers are usually not aware that a motorcycle is near them.

Be Mindful of Hazards on The Road

It is critical to be vigilant about all aspects of the road. Hazards such as debris, potholes, loose gravel, open bridge joints and excessive wildlife cause thousands of potentially avoidable motorcycle accidents.

Perform Regular Maintenance Checks on Your Motorcycle

Just like any other vehicle, a motorcycle needs oil changes and tune-ups to function properly on the road. Performing preventative maintenance prolongs the viability of your motorcycle and such measures typically include regularly checking to ensure the horn, headlights and turn signals work. Tire treads and air pressure need to be inspected periodically to avoid blowouts or any difficulty steering the bike.

Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries

It is common to see fractures, lacerations and severe abrasions suffered by motorcyclists in an accident. Additionally, motorcyclists that do not wear a helmet may endure coma or death due to traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures or spinal cord injuries.

Although brain injuries may not always be fatal, but they may result in:

  • Permanent brain damage
  • Recurring seizures
  • Permanent paralysis
  • Decreased coordination of motor skills
  • Amnesia
  • Inability to retain employment
  • Psychological ailments such as depression, aggression, panic disorders or PTSD

Sustaining a brain injury due to a motorcycle accident is emotionally and financially devastating for motorcyclists involved in an accident. If the motorcyclist is not at fault, compensation for all medical bills as well as pain and suffering may be obtained by consulting an Auto Accidents Attorney in San Antonio, TX who is highly experienced in handling motorcycle accident claims.

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