Motorcycles are a great pleasure. They give their riders a feeling of freedom and connection to the open road. But consider:
- Motorcycle accidents killed over 34,000 motorcyclists between 2001 and 2008, and another 1.2 million riders were treated in Emergency Rooms across the nation.
- The highest motorcycle death and injury rates were among 20-24 year-olds, followed by 25-29 year-olds.
- More than half of all nonfatal motorcycle injuries treated in EDs were to the leg/foot (30%) or head/neck (22%).
- Motorcyclist death rates increased 55% from 2001 to 2008 (1.12 per 100,000 persons in 2001 to 1.74 per 100,000 persons in 2008).
- The number of nonfatal motorcycle injuries that were treated in Emergency Rooms also increased, from nearly 120,000 injuries in 2001 to about 175,000 in 2008.
The CDC recommends the following safety tips:
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet. (Unhelmeted riders are 40 percent more likely to die in an accident.)
- Never ride your motorcycle after drinking. Alcohol greatly impairs your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi.
- Don’t let friends ride impaired. Take their keys away.
- Wear protective clothing that provides some level of injury protection. Upper body clothing should also include bright colors or reflective materials, so that other motorists can more easily see you.
- Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.
If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you will need a motorcycle accident lawyer. We will fight to get your medical bills paid and get money to replace your lost income as well to help with all the things a serious injury takes away.
Contact Kenney & Henchen or call us today: (802) 871-5638.