It’s Motorcycle Safety Month, Ride Safe & Enjoy.
Motorcycles have become a symbol of the free spirit in Western civilization. The film “The Great Escape” depicts Steve McQueen memorably racing to freedom on his Triumph motorcycle. The roar of the engine, the wind blowing in your hair, and the desire to see where the road ahead takes you; these feelings and more represent the motivation for a person to saddle up on a bike. Since then, the motorcycle industry has grown exponentially, and unfortunately so have motorcycle accident statistics.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and at Graves McLain, we would like to share some good biking safety tips. Ride safely and be sure to protect yourself from unnecessary head injuries that could have long-lasting consequences. The motorcycle lifestyle is about the “religion” of freedom and independence. However, “freedom” can turn into “danger”, when bikers are involved in accidents without helmets.
Every motorcycle enthusiast has heard the warnings. In the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are more than 5 ½ times more likely to get into a fatal accident per 100,000 vehicles than automobile drivers.
Wearing a Helmet
Although recommended, wearing a helmet in Oklahoma is optional. The Oklahoma Department of Safety recommends a 3/4 or Open-Face helmet, or a full-face helmet preferably. Check all helmet purchases to make sure that they meet the required safety standards.
The most recent statistics are available from the Oklahoma Motorcycle Operating Manual. They show:
• 1 out of every 5 motorcycle crashes results in head and neck injuries
• Head and neck injuries account for a majority of serious and fatal injuries to motorcyclists
• Most crashes happen on short trips (less than 5 miles long), just a few minutes after starting out
• No matter what the speed, helmeted riders are 3 times more likely to survive head injuries than those not wearing helmets at the time of the crash
Here are some Important Riding Tips That may Save Your Life.
• Wear a Certified Helmet at all times
• Wear the appropriate riding gear; leather jackets and long, thick pants protect your skin from surface abrasions in case of an accident
• Wear brightly colored clothes that are visible at night
• Make sure that your headlights work, as many accidents are due to other’s inability to see the cyclist
• Don’t drink or do drugs while operating a motorcycle, as they are the primary factors in many motorcycle accidents and serious injuries
• Make sure your bike is properly maintained to keep it in the safest condition
• Obey traffic laws, speed limits and street signs at all times
For more information regarding your motorcycle safety and rights please visit our Motorcycle Accident Page.
If you or a loved one is ever injured in any type of accident that was not your fault, call Graves McLain for help. An experienced lawyer will speak with you for free. If we accept your case, we will fight to protect your right to the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call us at 918-359-6600 for a free consultation.
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