In 2017, 5,172 motorcyclists died in fatal accidents on the road. Riders in Missouri should take those numbers seriously and act accordingly. Motor vehicle accidents have many causes and many outcomes, but motorcycle accidents tend to be far more dangerous and often occur due to lack of visibility. How can you ensure that your motorcycle is ready to hit the road safely and how can you avoid future injuries?
According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists should have a helmet that meets the DOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. The DOT symbol is present on the back of the helmet. Heavy denim and leather are ideal for covering a rider’s body. Riding gear prevents serious injuries and prevents dehydration in the elements. Bright clothing and reflective materials provide other drivers with a clear view of rider and motorcycle.
Motorcyclists should ride defensively. Not only is it crucial to obey all traffic laws, but it is important to proceed with caution. Yield to other drivers and check your surroundings often and thoroughly. Many drivers simply do not see motorcycles before impact and this can be devastating for the rider.
Rider impairment is equally a problem among motorcyclists. On the road, your alertness and your reaction time are crucial. These two elements can make all the difference in terms of whether an accident may occur. To avoid an accident, do not take drugs, alcohol or any other substance that may impair your reaction time.
The purpose of this information is to help provide educational safety tips for motorcyclists. None of the above is legal advice.