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3 common (and avoidable) causes of motorcycle injuries

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Many motorcycle accidents are not always the fault of the rider. However, there are certain choices that riders make that increase their risk of accidents or serious injuries, sometimes before they even sit down on the bike. Here are some tips to keep in mind to minimize the possible danger of riding a motorcycle.

1. Not wearing a helmet

Despite that fact that more people are wearing helmets, 39% of motorcyclists killed in 2014 were not wearing helmets. While it is true that a helmet is not a guarantee of safety, it does reduce the risk of serious injury or death. Accidents in which riders do not have a helmet can be more than twice as likely to result in an incapacitating injury or 3 times as likely to result in death.

2. Riding without an antilock braking system

Cars without antilock braking systems will often just skid. As with most other accidents, wheels that lock up on a motorcycle are much more serious as they often result in a serious fall. According to the IIHS, the rate of fatal crashes for motorcycles with antilock braking systems are 31% lower than for those without.

3. Choosing the wrong type of motorcycle

Riders have all kinds of different reasons for choosing their motorcycles. Some like the feel, the utility, or the sound of certain bikes. However, inexperienced riders that choose high-horsepower supersport motorcycles are placing themselves in a dangerous situation. In fact, supersport motorcycles have driver death rates that are 4 times higher than cruisers or standards. New drivers that opt for something less lightweight and powerful give themselves a better chance to become comfortable riding.

If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, we can help.

A motorcycle accident can be life changing, or in the worst case, life ending. Even despite motorcyclists' best efforts to remain safe, sometimes an accident can occur that they had no control over. If the accident was the result of driver negligence or inattention, Carter Craig Attorneys at Law are here to help you. Contact our firm for assistance in obtaining losses resulting from the accident, including medical bills, property damage or lost wages.

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