Motorcycles are not only a mode of transportation for Virginia residents, but they are also a fun and enjoyable hobby for many people. However, you stand a high risk of sustaining serious injuries if you are in an accident while on your motorcycle.
Recent data on motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle accidents continue to be a problem both in Virginia and throughout the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5,500 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2020.
Additionally, statistics showed that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to be killed in an accident than individuals in other vehicles, and 4 times more likely to suffer an injury.
Wear a helmet
There are many things you can do to stay safe on your motorcycle. Virginia law requires you to wear a helmet and have a windshield or wear a face shield. Both you and your passengers must wear helmets.
This is extremely important because head injuries are one of the most common types of motorcycle injuries, and head injuries can be fatal or cause permanent injury.
Know how to operate your motorcycle
Be sure you know how to operate your motorcycle safely before taking it out onto the open road. In addition to your helmet, dress properly, with boots, gloves and heavy clothing.
Practice operating your motorcycle in a safe area, such as a parking lot or private road. When you do begin driving out in public, obey all traffic laws and never, under any circumstances, drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Keep your motorcycle in good condition
Keep your motorcycle properly maintained and check it each time you take it out for a ride. Educate your passengers on how to be safe, such as by sitting behind you, holding onto your waste and holding still. Do not let them get on or off the motorcycle until you say so.
No matter how safe you are, you have no control over other drivers on the road. An accident can caused by another driver’s negligence can cause considerable physical, mental and emotional damage.
After an accident, you may be in shock and wonder how you are going to manage. A personal injury claim could provide you with compensation for damages.