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Why Are Motorcycle Accidents So Dangerous?
Posted on Apr 29, 2010 12:45pm PDT
Compared to drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs, motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of injury or death in the event of an accident. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that motorcyclists are 37 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury in a traffic accident than a driver or passenger in a car, truck, or SUV, and 9 times more likely to suffer an injury.
So why are motorcycles so much more dangerous? Here are some of the main reasons:
- Motorcycles are incredibly difficult to see. A lot of motorcycle accidents occur simply because a driver did not see the motorcyclist in their blind spot, when changing lanes, or when making a turn. Sometimes a lack of visibility is the result of the motorcyclist riding in a driver’s blind spot, while other times the driver may just not have been paying attention. In addition, night time is a particularly dangerous time to ride, as many drivers have trouble spotting motorcyclists when it’s dark.
- Natural lack of protection. Unlike a car, truck or SUV, motorcycles aren’t equipped with safety features that help protect the rider in the event of an accident, such as a steel metal frame surrounding the rider, airbags, seat belts, a windshield, etc. The only protection a motorcyclist has is the helmet on their head and the clothes on their body.
- Motorcyclists can be more agile. Due to their size and weight, motorcyclists can move through traffic much easier than a driver of a car, truck, or SUV could. The faster motorcyclists drive, the more they weave in and out of traffic, or the more they ride or pull up in between lanes, the more difficult it is for other drivers to see them and react accordingly, thus increasing the chance of a serious or fatal accident.
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