As a motorcyclist, you are likely more prone to injury during an accident than motorists who drive enclosed vehicles. The Insurance Information Institute reports that in 2017, motorcycle riders were almost 30 times more likely to die in crashes when compared to drivers and passengers in cars or trucks, making motorcycle travel a considerable risk.
There are several factors that may increase your risk of injury during a motorcycle accident, and knowing how to possibly reduce them could help keep you safer while you are out on the road.
Poor helmet usage
Wearing a helmet that fits poorly or failing to wear one at all can increase the risk of serious head trauma during an accident. Data shows that helmets save lives and reduces financial loss including medical bills and lost wages. Severe head trauma could also permanently affect your quality of life after an accident, especially if you suffer neurological damage.
Time or type of day
Visibility and traffic flow are often affected by the time of day you ride, and accidents are more apt to take place after the sun goes down and motorists are less likely to see you as you change lanes, brake or turn onto major highways. If you use your motorcycle to commute to work, this type of daytime driving in heavy traffic may increase your chances of being involved in a serious crash.
The open design of any motorcycle makes you vulnerable to injuries when compared with closed vehicle wrecks. Understanding the risks and what may increase them could help keep you safer as you share the road with other drivers.