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Motorcyclists face disproportionate risks on the highway

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles account for only 3% of all registered vehicles on American highways. However, motorcyclists represent nearly 15% of all traffic fatalities. Those numbers are a stark reminder of the inherent dangers, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

The NSC says deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents have risen a staggering 32% over the past decade, despite a 16% decrease from 2021 to 2022. North Carolina ranked 6th in 2022 with 220 motorcycle fatalities, underscoring the need for increased safety awareness.

Injuries are also on the rise for riders

Motorcycle injuries, while less discussed, remain a critical issue. The NSC reported a 2.6% rise in nonfatal injuries from 2021 to 2022. The fact remains that motorcycle riders are highly vulnerable to these common crash injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Road rash and skin abrasions
  • Internal organ damage

Injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash are often life-altering. Many of these injuries can lead to permanent or long-lasting and expensive medical treatment and extensive rehabilitation.

Tips for safely sharing the road with larger vehicles

As a motorcyclist sharing the road with cars and trucks, you already know the importance of riding defensively. Here are some essential tips to enhance your safety:

  • Always wear a helmet and other protective gear
  • Remain visible to other drivers with reflective gear and proper lighting
  • Avoid riding in blind spots of larger vehicles
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially in poor weather conditions
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions
  • Follow traffic rules and speed limits
  • Take a motorcycle safety course to refine your riding skills

By following these safety measures, you can help reduce the risks associated with riding and enjoy the road with greater peace of mind. If someone’s negligence injures you, it’s advisable to seek help from an experienced personal injury attorney to maximize compensation for your injuries.