Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to get killed while out riding their motorbikes than passenger vehicle operators are. That same data shows that 11% of all crashes that occur involve motorcyclists. Those same statistics also point to the fact that helmets can truly save many of these bikers from getting seriously hurt or killed.
The authors of a report published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on July 16 sought to better understand how likely motorcyclists are to wear safety gear when operating their bikes. They initiated this study after determining that that high-visibility clothing makes it more likely that motorists will see them and thus less likely that they'll die in a crash.
Late last month, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) celebrated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. They took advantage of the increased attention being placed on motorcycle safety to launch their "Look Twice for Motorcycles" initiative. TxDOT representatives hope that this campaign will encourage motorists to keep their eyes peeled for motorcyclists when driving down the road.
A 23-year-old Temple man lost his life when his motorcycle and a car collided in Waco late in the evening on Feb. 2.
As warmer weather sets in over the next few months, there will be a resurgence of motorcyclists looking to enjoy the freeing feeling that comes with taking to the open road. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), nearly 90,000 bikers were injured and nearly another 5,000 were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2016. Motorcyclists could stand to take some additional steps to remain safe out on the road.
If you ever research how to prevent injuries when you suffer a motorcycle crash, then you'll likely come across information that emphasizes the importance of you wearing protective gear at all times. A helmet can protect you from head injuries. Specially-designed clothing can protect you from painful and potentially life-threatening road rash.
A grand jury in Bell County handed down a criminal indictment this week in a motorcycle accident case that occurred in Belton back in October. The driver alleged to have been responsible for the crash will now face vehicular manslaughter and intoxicated driving with deadly weapon charges as a result.
Do you feel confident that other motorists can see you when you are riding your motorcycle? Did you know that many drivers who collide with motorcycles claim that they did not see the bike? You might wonder how this can be but it is probably wise to take the statement as truth.
A motorcycle offers unparalleled freedom. There is something exciting about the open road, the feeling of the wind and the exposure to the landscape that makes you feel like you're really a part of it -- not just passing through it.
If you're new to motorcycles, the one thing you can't get instantly is experience. You may also know that experience can help keep you safe on the road.