Riding motorcycles is risky. Not only are they harder for other motorists to see because of their size, but they also do not have the protective features that cars and trucks do.
When there is a crash involving a motorcycle, oftentimes the motorcycle rider is the only one to sustain injuries. One of the best ways riders can prevent serious injuries or death is to wear a helmet.
Motorcycle accident facts and stats
Along with the lack of visibility and the lack of protection, the Insurance Information Institute discusses that motorcycle riders are vulnerable to road and weather conditions and that it takes a special set of skills to operate a motorcycle. These factors all play a role in accidents.
Although motorcycles make up only a small percentage of vehicles on the road, they make up a large percentage of accident-related injuries and death. In fact, a motorcycle rider is 29 times more likely to die in a crash than a motorist is.
The majority of fatal accidents occur between 3 pm and 9 pm. On average, about 30% of riders involved in crashes are not wearing helmets.
How helmet use plays a role in safety
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 800 motorcycle riders would still be alive every year if they were wearing helmets. Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of head injury by almost 70%.
Riders should understand that not all helmets provide adequate protection. The helmet should fit correctly and be DOT-compliant for the best protection against serious injuries.