One of the benefits that a motorcycle has is the freedom it gives to its riders while on the road. But motorcycle riders are also exposed to dangers not met by car drivers. Did you know motorcycles have a higher fatality rate per unit distance travelled as compared to automobiles? In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration- Fatality Analysis Reporting System (NHTSA-FARS) found there were 4,595 motorcycles involved in fatal crashes in the United States. Whereas, a total of 21,117 trucks were involved in accidents in the same year.
In 2008, out of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes, 47 percent collided with another type of vehicle, though studies also show that motorcycles involved in fatal crashes usually hit fixed objects rather than other vehicles. NHTSA considers speeding the main contributing factor of motorcycle crashes, causing 35 percent of all motorcycle crashes compared to 23 percent for passenger cars.
Death is often the unfortunate outcome of motorcycle accidents, though many lucky riders recover against all odds. In a recent motorcycle accident in Tonopah, Arizona on the night of November 25th, one motorcycle rider was killed when it collided with a commercial truck (ABC 15 11/25/10). According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the reason of the collision was unknown.
Protective gear can save lives. The lack of these while driving on the road can cause severe head injuries or worse, death. Helmets are effective in preventing 37 percent of fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41 percent for passengers. In 2008, NHTSA estimated that 1,829 motorcycle riders were saved because of helmets.
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