Motorcycles are immensely popular, especially in Southern California, where there the weather is mild and often sunny. There are more motorcycles registered in Califonia than in any other state. If you choose to get around on two wheels instead of four, you need to understand the risks associated with open-air riding. It is much more dangerous than driving a car, and the best way to prevent injury is through awareness and caution.
First, let’s start with some statistics. Motorcyclists are five times as likely to be injured in a collision than people riding in cars and 26 times more likely to die. This is due in large part to the safety features built into vehicles. Cars offer drivers and riders a protective cab, seatbelts, airbags, and more. When a motorcycle collision occurs, the rider often has nothing between themselves and the asphalt.
Next, let’s talk about common injuries. Speaking in broad strokes, these injuries are most commonly experienced by motorcycle riders:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Lower-extremity injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Road rash
- Internal Injuries
These are all serious injuries that will more than likely require immediate medical attention. In the event of an accident, always seek medical attention. Injuries can take several hours to develop, so it is always wise to get checked by professionals.
Now that the risk surrounding motorcycles has been highlighted, let’s discuss some basic safety practices riders everywhere can start relying on today.
First, always wear a helmet and protective gear – even if it is not legally required where you are riding. Protective equipment can mean the difference between life and death.
Second, assume that cars do not see you. This will lead to more defensive driving, which is an important practice in avoiding a collision.
Third, always follow traffic rules. You never want to do something that other drivers are not expecting.
If you do find yourself in a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney right away. The legal team at Herrera Law is highly experienced in handling motorcycle accidents and can help you reclaim your life and manage your medical bills.