Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating and in today’s economy, and with lower fuel costs, it can be way more cost efficient than driving a car. However, if you do decide to trade-in four wheels for two, make sure you do it responsibly. According to KABC-TV in Los Angeles, an increase in motorcycle popularity has led to an increase in motorcycle crashes nationally.
“We’ve got more people riding now, maybe for transportation needs,” said Tim Buche, Motorcycle Safety Foundation. “We’ve got more people riding that didn’t even plan to ride. Still, only 50 percent of the people riding a motorcycle on the streets and highways of today have ever taken a formal training course.”
Both beginners and seasoned riders, if they’ve never taken a motorcycle safety class, should, because they would benefit. From learning something as simple as wearing the proper safety gear to the intricacies of navigating through a traffic jam or negotiating a sudden curve, motorcycle safety training can be the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist.
In addition to training, technology is also working to make the roads safer for motorcyclists. Many cars today are equipped with blind-spot detection systems, which can make a big difference with motorcycles being hard for motorists to see at times. Also, newer motorcycles are coming with anti-lock brakes, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg compared with what else is in development.
“Cars and motorcycles that talk to each other, automatically sharing data that will, in a sense, be able to ‘see’ over hills, around buildings and other obstructions, and help avoid crashes,” said Ty van Hooydonk, Motorcycle Industry Council.
The future appears to be bright for motorcyclists. However, these days being involved in a motorcycle accident is still a definite possibility, and anytime there’s a motorcycle accident, catastrophic injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, are a possibility as well. Still, you don’t have to suffer because of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation. Our national injury attorney can help. Call us today at (866) 377-3800 for a free consultation.
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