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IL motorcycle accident attorneySummertime is when a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts take to the roads since the weather is warmer. Motorcyclists are also sharing the road with cars and trucks, and the potential for accidents can be high due to increased speeds. Statistics show approximately 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle crashes in the United States each year. A motorcycle accident can cause serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractures, paralysis, just to name a few. These injuries can have devastating consequences that impact someone’s day-to-day life, so it is important to take safety precautions whenever possible.

Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries

A traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Since a person driving or riding on a motorcycle is not as protected as a passenger in a car or truck, the potential for significant injury is more likely. Other kinds of injuries include but are not limited to the following:

  • Facial injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Thoracic injuries
  • Skin abrasions
  • Broken bones
  • Emotional trauma

Safety First on a Motorcycle

One of the easiest ways for a motorcyclist to prevent a head injury is to wear a helmet. Wearing bright or reflective clothing increases a motorcyclist’s visibility to other motorists on the road. It is also important to make sure all turn signals, headlights, and brake lights are in working order. Below are some of the precautions that should always be taken before getting on a motorcycle:

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IL injury lawyerMany people drive motorcycles because they are fun to drive and are a much different experience than driving a normal car. However, motorcycles do come with their own risks. A motorcycle driver has less between them and the road than a car driver does, and less built-in safety features in their vehicle. Due to the nature of motorcycles, it is important that motorcycle drivers be prepared as much as possible in case of an accident.

One of the easiest ways to increase your safety on a motorcycle is to wear a helmet. Some people may not want to wear helmets because they do not like how they look or they do not think helmets are effective. Nevertheless, the statistics on helmet use do prove that wearing a helmet when driving a motorcycle saves lives.

Breaking Down the Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collects data on all types of crashes, including motorcycle fatalities. The NHTSA estimates that drivers wearing motorcycle helmets prevented the deaths of 1,772 motorcyclists in 2015. In addition, there were 740 drivers which could have been saved if they had worn helmets. To put that in perspective, there were 4,976 motorcycle deaths total in 2015.

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 IL injury lawyerWinter may not be a good time to drive a motorcycle but it may be a time when people are considering buying a motorcycle to drive for the spring and summer. Driving a motorcycle is a different experience than driving. It can also be less safe than a normal automobile. If you are considering buying a motorcycle, there are some important tips to remember to make sure you do not get in an accident and suffer a severe injury or death.

Buy the Correct Bike

The first safety tip is to make sure your motorcycle is the right one for you. Getting educated about the different types of motorcycles and engines will be helpful to make sure you are as safe as possible when you are driving your motorcycle.

Take a Safety Course

Taking a safety course to learn how to drive a motorcycle properly and the ins and outs of what you should be doing will definitely be beneficial to lessen your likelihood of a crash. In addition, taking a safety course may allow you to be eligible for a discount on your insurance premium. Manufacturers also may give you a credit to the cost of buying a new motorcycle if you sign up for a safety course.

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Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

IL accident lawyerDriving is an inherently dangerous activity if you consider how fast vehicles are moving, possible road hazards, and how careless other people are when they drive. However, modern automobiles have made great strides in safety features which protect drivers and their passengers. Not all of these safety features can be present on every vehicle on the road, such as motorcycles. Even though motor vehicle safety has improved tremendously over the last 20 years, statistics for morbidity and personal injury in motorcycle accidents has remained about the same or increased because there is only so much motorcycle manufacturers can do to improve the safety of their products.

Injury Cost

Motorcycle collisions are more costly to treat than car collisions. According to a study done by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), the difference is about $4,569 to treat injuries over a period of two years after collision for motorcycle accidents. The figure for car accidents over that same period was $2,349. The difference in medical costs could be because there are fewer safety features and protection in a motorcycle, so if there is a crash a person is more likely to hit the road or other vehicle themselves instead of the car hitting it.

Injury Rate

The study by CMAJ also found quite a difference in the difference in injury rate between motorcycles and automobiles. The motorcycle injury rate was 2,194 people out of every 100,000 registered owners, but the car owner injury rate was only 718 people out of 100,000 registered owners. The increased injury rate for motorcycles can again be attributed to the fact that there is less protection between their bodies and the object they are hitting. Helmets will help protect your head, which is important, but many motorcyclists do not wear other protective padding on their bodies.

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