Motorcycles call for a much different set of driving skills than do cars, and driving a motorcycle can often be much more dangerous than driving in an enclosed passenger vehicle. Although many people may enjoy the small size of motorcycles, it is this very feature that increases the risk of injury. The main problem with the size of most motorcycles is the limited visibility that they provide the driver.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles make up about 3% of all motor vehicles and have had increased numbers of injuries over each of the last nine years.
The NHTSA also shares the statistic that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in a crash than a person in a passenger car and that many motorcycle fatalities are a result of alcohol usage.
Certain types of motorcycles can reach speeds up to 190 miles per hour. Riders of these types of motorcycles are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers of slower motorcycles.
If you are going to be driving or riding on a motorcycle it is important to wear a helmet. In studies completed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets were found to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries that may occur during a motorcycle accident. Although wearing a helmet may not be the “popular” thing to do – it might just save your life. Currently, twenty states have created laws requiring that drivers wear helmets.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle injury accident, contact the Waukesha Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® by calling (800) 242-2874. The Waukesha Motorcycle Accident lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals who have been injured in motorcycle accidents and are ready to assist you through the complicated legal system. Contact the Waukesha lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights.