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Preventing Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
Preventing Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries



   John
by John Demas on 02/11/09 at 2:11 pm


Hollywood actors
Hollywood actors and movies have been glamorizing motorcycle riding for years. Many film
                                  have been glamorizing motorcycle riding for years. Many film
       still recall Marlon Brando in “The Wild One,” Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape” and
buffs still recall Marlon Brando in “The Wild One,” Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape” and
Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider.” Although such films have become a staple in the film
Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider.” Although such films have become a staple in the film industry, the
        real world experience of riding a “bike” is rarely as glamorous. In fact, motorcycles can
actual real world experience of riding a “bike” is rarely as glamorous. In fact, motorcycles can be
      dangerous. Even if you’re convinced you’re an excellent rider, you’ll always be
very dangerous.Even if you’re convinced you’re an excellent rider, you’ll always be vulnerable
to the worst car drivers on the road who may be drunk, speeding or simply distracted and
to the worst car drivers on the road who may be drunk, speeding or simply distracted and
                    presence. In fact, a twenty-year-old Sacramento rider recently lost his life after
unaware of your presence.In fact, a twenty-year-old Sacramento rider recently lost his life after
            of
colliding with a woman driving a Honda
colliding with a woman driving a Honda Accord.

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/crime/archives/019198.html

Our government’s most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
     government’s most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
statistics contain a number of startling facts about motorcycle accidents. For example, during
statistics contain a number of startling facts about motorcycle accidents. For example, during
            last full year for which we have comprehensive
2007, the last full year for which we have comprehensive statistics, 5,154 American
                       killed in accidents. (See the NHTSA’s             Traffic Safety Facts
motorcyclists were killed in accidents. (See the NHTSA’s Motorcycles Traffic Safety Facts
Sheet; 2007 Data: DOT HS 810 990). It can be found at the following Internet URL:
Sheet; 2007 Data: DOT HS 810 990). It can be found at the following Internet URL:

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.6a6eaf83cf719ad24ec86e10dba046a0/

    that 2007 Fact Sheet indicates, the number of               fatalities has more than
As that 2007 Fact Sheet indicates, the number of motorcycle fatalities has more than doubled
since 1997. Injuries have also come close to doubling during that same time period. All
       1997. Injuries have also come close to doubling during that same time period. All
responsible drivers should be asking themselves what they can personally do to decrease these
responsible drivers should be asking themselves what they can personally do to decrease these
devastating statistics. Perhaps the following is the most telling statement contained in that Fact
devastating statistics. Perhaps the following is the most telling statement contained in that Fact
Sheet: “NHTSA estimates                                                      in 2007
Sheet: “NHTSAestimates that helmets saved 1,784 motorcyclists’ lives in 2007 . . . 800 more
                                          saved 1,784 motorcyclists’
[lives] could have been saved if     motorcyclists had worn helmets.” (See
[lives]could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.” (See
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.6a6eaf83cf719ad24ec86e10dba046a0/ ).
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.6a6eaf83cf719ad24ec86e10dba046a0/ ).

               helmets is a key component to making motorcycle riding safer, it’s time to once
Since wearing helmets is a key component to making motorcycle riding safer, it’s time to once
again debate whether comprehensive legislation should be passed making it mandatory for all
      debate whether comprehensive legislation should be passed making it mandatory for
motorcyclists to wear helmets.
motorcyclists to wear helmets.
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General Tips for Safeguarding the Lives of Motorcycle Riders
             for
                        motorcycle without knowing if it has been fully serviced recently
       Never ride any motorcycle without knowing if it has been fully serviced recently Check
       the tire treads and be sure the gears and brakes are in good working order.
       the tire treads and be sure the gears and brakes are in good working order.

       Only purchase the size of bike          need and be sure you can lift it up should it fall to the
       Only purchase the size of bike you need and be sure you can lift it up should it fall to the
       ground.
       ground.
       Never make even short trips on your bike without wearing a helmet. It doesn’t matter how
                     even short trips on your bike without
           you’re planning to travel injuries or death can
       far you’re planning to travel -- injuries or death can always occur.

       With more             million registered motorcycles in               States, it’s
       With more than four million registered motorcycles in the United States, it’s in
       everyone’s best interests to try and help their riders remain safe. If you’re driving a car
       everyone’s best interests to try and help their riders remain safe. If you’re driving a car or
       other large vehicle, remember that it’s your duty to share the road. If you want to ride a
       other large vehicle, remember that it’s your duty to share the road. If you want to ride a
                    don’t be lazy - obtain
       motorcycle, don’t be lazy - obtain the proper training and licensing.
       Our government estimates that nearly one-third of all motorcycle accidents involve poorly
                         estimates that nearly one-third of all motorcycle accidents involve
       trained or improperly licensed drivers.
                  improperly
       http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/motorcycle/motosafety.html

       Invest the leather
       Invest in the leather or other heavy fabric garments and boots that are likely to minimize
                                            fabric garments and boots that are likely to minimize
             injuries if you do have an           Only ride            makes it
       your injuries if you do have an accident. Only ride a bike that makes it possible for you to
       rest                                    stop.
       rest both feet on the ground when you stop.

       Follow all of the laws of the road. Remember that motorcycles don’t have the same
       Follow all of the laws of the road. Remember that motorcycles don’t have the same
       balance and center of gravity that cars have — carefully slow down when making turns.
       balance and center of gravity that cars have — carefully slow down when making turns.

       Limit your travels when the road surfaces are wet or slick. Avoid
       Limit your travels when the road surfaces are wet or slick. Avoid riding on gravel
       surfaces.
       surfaces.

       If you’re going to take along passenger, be sure your bike has a back seat and pegs for
       If you’re going to take along aa passenger,be sure your bike has a back seat and pegs for
             friend’s feet to rest
       your friend’s feet to rest upon.

       If you’re driving a car, remember always try to keep All                      An accident
       If you’re driving a car, remember to always try to keep All vehicles in view. An accident
       between   a car and a motorcycle can sometimes be as deadly as one between two larger
       between a car and a motorcycle can sometimes be as deadly as one between two larger
       vehicles. Of course, it’s always more courteous to share the road, regardless of      the
       vehicles. Of course, it’s always more courteous to share the road, regardless of what the
       other person is driving.
             person is driving.

                          suggestions listed above in mind while driving, should be
Those who keep all of the suggestions listed above in mind while driving, should be able to help
      who keep all
minimize the dangers        face out on this country’s roads and highways.
minimize the dangers we all face out on this country’s roads and highways.

				
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