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Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience because when you’re on a motorcycle you’re entirely immersed in nature--the open road, and the fresh wind in your face. The speed, the adrenaline, you smell and feel everything when you’re on a motorcycle.
Riding a motorcycle is a combination of both physical and emotional pleasure, and thus it’s addictive. However, to enjoy this hobby for many years and to make the most of it, always wear a helmet to protect your head when you’re riding. Let's hear what the Ktenas Injury Lawyers team has to say about 'How effective are motorcycle helmets?'
A helmet is without a doubt the most essential riding gear you should have. Because severe head injuries are the most common injuries among motorcyclists. The harsh reality is that head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that motorcycles are more likely to be in an accident than motor vehicles. During a motorcycle accident, the motorcycle operator lacks the protection of an enclosed vehicle. Thus, he or she is more likely to suffer severe injuries or even die.
Motorcycles continue to make up a significant portion of U.S. road accidents. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NHTSA’s NCSA) shows that 5,286 motorcyclists died in 2016. Further, in 2016, motorcycle crashes occurred 28 times more frequently than car accidents when accounting for vehicle miles traveled.
According to the NHTSA, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in car accidents, which was a decline of 6% from the 4,986 motorcyclists who were killed in 2012. In 2013, approximately 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic accidents, this was a 5% decrease from 93,000 motorcycle injuries in 2012.
4,985 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle traffic accidents in 2018. Most motorcyclists fatalities in 2018 occurred:
Naturally, motorcycles are less crash-worthy than enclosed vehicles. Also, they’re less visible to other drivers and pedestrians and less stable than four-wheel motor vehicles. Thus, riding a motorcycle requires a different combination of both mental and physical skills than driving vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, motorcycle helmets are the most essential safety equipment a motorcyclist can wear. Based on research, helmets give a motorcyclist a 35% chance to survive a fatal motorcycle accident, a 26% chance to avoid severe injuries that require emergency care, and a 10% chance to avoid any injuries at all.
However, if helmets are so effective and essential, then why do so many motorcycle riders still not wear them in many circumstances? Whenever you hit the roads of Illinois, you’ll probably see a few motorcyclists without a helmet. Why are they choosing to ignore life-saving safety equipment? The answer is more in-depth than a simple yes or no.
At Ktenas Injury Lawyers, many of our motorcycle accident lawyers are also avid motorcyclists. We have served many motorcyclists who have sustained severe injuries that could have been prevented or lessened if they had worn a helmet. As personal injury attorneys, riders, and people who care about your well-being and health, we encourage you to always wear a helmet whenever you’re riding, even though you’re taking a quick trip to a friend’s house or the grocery store.
Universal helmet laws are state laws that require all motorcycle riders, including operators and passengers, to wear helmets. Helmet laws are extremely effective.
99% of motorcyclists in states with universal helmet laws wore helmets in 2019. In states with no universal helmet laws, 71% of motorcyclists wore their helmets. In states with universal helmet laws, 89% of motorcyclists complied with federal safety regulations, while 56% of motorcyclists complied in states without such laws.
Today, in the United States, 18 states and the District of Columbia have universal helmet laws, 29 states have laws covering some riders, especially those younger than 18, and three states, including Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire don’t have any helmet requirements.
Whether you get caught in the rain unexpectedly, there are a few things you should remember and watch out for. Obviously, you need to follow common-sense rules when you’re on a wet road; slow down, leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you, allow yourself more time to stop, and make turns slowly.
Painted lines, such as crosswalks, can be slippery and dangerous for motorcyclists, especially if you’re turning or crossing the lines at an angle. So, slow down more than usual and maintain a constant speed--accelerating or slowing can cause the rear tire to break loose.
Lane dividers can be unsafe in wet conditions. The biggest problem is when you’re changing lanes to pass someone. Speeding up when crossing lane dividers can cause the rear tire to break loose. Therefore, cross lane dividers at a constant speed and then speed up once you’re in a new lane.
Diamonds in the HOV lanes can be dangerous when you lean into one. The diamond shape allows you to slide across it and continue to slide along it. However, you shouldn’t ride in the center of the lane, especially when it’s raining. Any painted line or surface is dangerous, and until the DOT addresses this issue and comes up with a less slippery texture, you should be careful when crossing painted lines during rains because they’re very slippery.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident because of another person's negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries and losses. To get the maximum compensation you deserve, you’ll need the help of an experienced legal team.
A Chicago motorcycle accident attorney from the Ktenas Injury Laweyrcan help you navigate through the entire process and fight fiercely to make sure you get the best outcome. To schedule a free initial consultation, call one of our local auto accident lawyers today at (312) 300-2515 or chat with us online to learn how we can help.