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Motorcycle Safety Awareness

Motorcycle safety awareness

There is nothing like cruising on a motorcycle. It is exhilarating. It gets your blood pumping, gives you a sense of freedom and takes away tension and stress.

But that fun road trip can quickly turn dangerous.

  • With their smaller body, motorcycles are less visible than other vehicles on the road, making them easier to miss.
  • Motorcycles are less stable so riders must drive more carefully to avoid unsafe movements.
  • No barriers separate the rider from the road whereas cars and trucks offer an enclosed protection.
  • Riders are more vulnerable to weather and road hazards.

Motorcyclists risk more serious injuries compared to those driving closed vehicles. In fact, according to the NHTSA, bikers are 28 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than those in a passenger car.


Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

When in an accident, motorcyclists can suffer a range of injuries from the less serious, such as lacerations and abrasions, to broken bones and internal damage and even permanent disfigurement and disabilities.

Road Rash, one of the most common injuries, occurs when the rider’s skin is dragged along the surface of the road causing painful burns. Ranging from mild to serious, road rash burns can lead to infections, surface nerve damage, and leave permanent scarring.

Biker’s Arm injuries occur when you put your arms down to break a fall or brace for impact.

Lower extremity injuries involve the feet and legs

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries can leave the rider partially or permanently paralyzed.

Head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries, can occur whether wearing a helmet or not, but not wearing a helmet puts the rider at greater risk of incurring this type of injury.


Motorcycle Safety Gear

Using the right motorcycle safety gear can help mitigate the severity of injuries should you have an accident.

  • Helmets
  • Jackets and pants made of durable materials like leather
  • Heavy boots
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Knee and elbow pads

In an accident you may be inclined to fall on the hands or arms to brace for the fall. Protective gear can protect your skin and upper body from the injuries sustained by asphalt, gravel and hot exhaust pipes.

Proper helmets and eye protection can reduce the chance of head and brain injuries. Although wearing a helmet cannot eliminate all the risks, it is the best way to protect your head.

The best protective measures against road rash and other types of burns include wearing a combination of protective clothing such as motorcycle jeans, kneepads, gloves and a leather jacket.

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