According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,290 motorcyclists were killed and nearly 96,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Bikers can, however, reduce their risk of accidents by following a few simple safety tips.
- Protective clothing: motorcyclists should always wear proper protective clothing, such as a helmet, gloves, heavy boots, and leathers.
- Visibility: many car-motorcycle crashes occur because drivers have difficulty seeing motorcyclists. Bikers should use their entire lane, maintain as much space as possible between themselves and other vehicles, and wear brightly colored protective clothing.
- Intersections: bikers should approach intersections carefully and should attempt to make eye contact with drivers waiting to enter traffic.
- Passing: motorcyclists should signal their intention to pass a vehicle and should complete their pass as quickly as possible. When being passed, motorcyclists should maintain their speed and their position in their lane.
More than anything else, motorcyclists can lower their risk of being involved in an accident simply by making sure they are visible to other drivers.
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