While some motorcycle riders in West Virginia place a large emphasis on protecting their head with a helmet, these riders may be missing a crucial area of the body that is in need of protection. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 30 percent of all nonfatal motorcycle injuries occur to the lower extremities: Legs and feet.
The number of motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers killed in accidents increased by 8.3 percent in 2015 according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the federal agency's figures suggest that those who choose to travel on two wheels are 29 times more likely to die on the roads than passenger vehicle or truck occupants. NHTSA accident statistics also reveal that recklessness is a worryingly common factor in fatal motorcycle crashes in West Virginia and around the country.
Although summer has come and gone, the warm weather has not disappeared with the appearance of fall. This means that motorists will be able to keep their windows down or even enjoy a ride on a motorcycle. Therefore, motorists in West Virginia and other states across the U.S. should always prepare to share the road with motorcyclists. Failure to do so could mean colliding with a biker and causing a serious motorcycle crash.
Although we have now transitioned into the fall season, warm weather is likely to remain in West Virginia and other states for quite some time. Because of that, motorists can expect to share the road with motorcyclists for several more weeks. These small vehicles are an excellent way to get around, save on fuel and are an enjoyable mode of transportation; however, these small vehicles pose various risks to riders. Even though helmets and protective clothing provide a certain level of defense against injuries, these unfortunately do not guard riders from serious and even fatal injuries.
As a means to reduce the severity of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash, helmet laws were enacted in various states across the nation. In West Virginia, universal helmet laws have been in existence since 1971. This means that it is mandatory for all motorcycle riders, including passengers, to wear a helmet while traveling on a motorcycle. Such a law is important because motorcycles are not equipped with the same safety features as other motor vehicles. However, even the use of a helmet does not prevent a rider from suffering motorcycle accident injuries.
With spring in full swing and summer around the corner, more and more motorcycles can be seen throughout West Virginia across the country. While this increase in motorcycles means that more residents seek to enjoy the nice weather, it also means an increase in motorcycle accidents. Because of that, the month of May has been designated as motorcycle safety awareness month. This not only helps highlight the safety measures motorcyclists can take but also emphasize the importance for motorists to have motorcycle awareness.
With spring now in full swing, it is more likely for motorists in West Virginia to encounter motorcycles on the roadway. While it is not uncommon to share the road with motorcyclists, it is possible for these small vehicles to go unnoticed at times. Drivers of larger automobiles may not see a biker nearby due to a blind spot. Additionally, motorists often find it difficult to gauge the speed and distance of motorcyclists due to their small profile. This often leads to collisions because motorists often believe they have enough time to turn in front of a biker.
Now that spring has made its appearance, more motorcycles are seen on the roadways in West Virginia and other states across the nation. Motorists commonly share the road with these small vehicles, and as a result motorcyclists are exposed to unique dangers and risks each time they travel on a road. Due to their small size and the lack of any substantial protective barrier, motorcyclists not only face an increased risk in being involved in an accident, but also an increased chance in being seriously injured or killed if they are involved in a crash
Although winter often means that most motorcyclists in West Virginia will have to put their bikes away for a few months, some die-hard bikers might hit the road a time or two. And, even if a motorcycle is put away until the weather is more ideal, motorcyclists should always consider motorcycle safety. This is especially true when purchasing a bike, equipment and safety gear. Taking extra caution could help reduce tragic incidents on the roadways.
Negligence is often the culprit of automobile collisions on West Virginia roadways. When a motorcycle is involved in a crash, it is likely that a motorist failed to see the motorcyclist. Whether it is due to distractions, intoxication or reckless behaviors such as speeding, when a motorist fails to check blind spots, signal turns and yield to oncoming traffic, it is likely that a motorcycle accident will ensue.