Motorcyclists understand that the sense of freedom of riding a motorcycle comes with risk— the risk of serious or fatal injury in an accident. Many motorcycle riders who obey traffic laws and take proper safety precautions still suffer serious injuries—often because of the carelessness of other motorists. Motorcycles have a narrow profile and are easier to overlook than larger vehicles.
Many accidents occur because other motorists fail to see a motorcycle on the road. Any veteran biker can attest: someday you will have to lay your bike down.
When a collision occurs, the design of motorcycles affords riders little protection. More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The numbers bear out the risk. Motorcycle fatalities in Oklahoma increased 10.8 percent from 83 in 2012 to 92 in 2013, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. In addition, there were 821 motorcycle accidents that resulted in serious injuries to 902 motorcyclists.
We are trying to continue advocating for motorcycle safety throughout the whole year.
It’s June, which means Motorcycle Safety Awareness month is done… but that doesn’t mean we should stop talking.
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