There’s nothing like the freedom of the open road! Those who choose a motorcycle as their mode of transportation do so for many reasons, not the least of which is the feeling of sheer joy while riding. Unfortunately, sometimes that joy comes to a sharp end, when serious, or even fatal collisions occur.
The data from 2016 tells us that nearly 5,500 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in a single year across the country. 49 of those fatalities occurred right here is Mississippi. Key factors associated with such collisions include speeding (33 percent) and alcohol (37 percent). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 2,000 lives were saved because riders wore helmets. Another 800 lives could have been saved, had the riders only worn a helmet.
Real People Suffer
The sad truth is, motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are much more dangerous for those on the bike. Recent stories in Mississippi news tell the tales:
- When a pickup truck near Madison veered into the lane in which four motorcyclists were riding, two men were killed, and another two were injured;
- In Harrison County, a motorcyclist was killed when it attempted to evade a semi truck and was hit by a pickup truck;
- When a motorcycle smashed into a left-turning Taurus in Saucier, the biker was fatally injured on the scene.
The features of motorcycle accidents vary, but one thing is certain: motorcycles are less visible than cars and trucks on the road, and that makes them significantly more vulnerable. Irrespective of who is at fault in a collision, however, a motorcycle provides far less protection, and riders are at notably higher risk of serious injury or death. Experienced riders offer this advice to increase the odds of coming home safely after a ride:
- Ride only with people you trust. It’s not a good idea to share the lane with someone who gets wild and crazy on the road;
- Follow posted speed limits;
- Increase visibility by riding with headlights on even during the day, and wearing bright clothing and a helmet;
- Never ride when impaired by alcohol or drugs;
- Don’t tempt fate by riding when overly fatigued. You need to be sharp on the road;
- Wear the right safety attire, from a helmet to appropriate boots, gloves, and so forth;
- Stay particularly alert in heavy traffic, and around big rigs that might have more difficulty seeing you in a blind spot.
Following an Accident
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious motorcycle accident, the Jackson motorcycle accident attorneys at the office of Derek L. Hall, PC can help. Contact our Jackson office today to discuss the possibility of damages to deal with hospital bills, lost wages, funeral costs, and other expenses related to the accident.