Safety is a priority for many bikers. Unfortunately, the NHTSA found that "per mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest data involving motorcycle accidents, 5,290 motorcyclists were killed and 96,000 were injured in 2008. This is a 2% increase in fatalities from the previous year.
While you can't control other people's actions, there are steps you can take to begin your ride more safely. Maintaining your bike is extremely important. Be sure to check tire pressure, inspect the wheels, inspect the cables and hoses, test lights and turn signals (if any), check oil and fluid levels, and review the overall condition of the bike. If you don't feel safe riding it, leave it in the garage.
Personal safety is tremendously important as well. Always wear a helmet. The NHTSA found that helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to bikers. Be sure to wear clothing that offers some level of protection. Wearing bright colors or reflective materials can only add to your level of safety. Wearing full fingered gloves with a non-slip surface can help maintain grip and prevent abrasions to the hands in an accident. Wearing leather boots to protect your feet will give you an added level of protection.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact the Missouri Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of The Glassman Law Firm at 314-446-6000 or find them online at www.motorcycleaccidentattorneys.net.
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