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The Challenges of Driving A Motorcycle

Most people prefer driving a motorcycle because it allows them to cut through traffic and reduce travel time tremendously. But while they offer convenience, motorcycles also put drivers at a greater risk of accidents than other vehicles. Figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic deaths, 4 percent of all injuries, 18 percent of all occupant fatalities and 4 percent of all occupants’ injuries. In 2013, it accounted for 94 percent of 4,668 deaths.

According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, motorcycles not only pose serious threats to drivers but also susceptible to road conditions. There are several problems that a motorcycle faces which makes accidents involving them devastating. Here are some factors that can contribute to the seriousness of motorcycle accidents:

  • Visual Recognition. Motorcycles are less visible to other vehicles especially in intersections where 7 out of 10 motorcycle and other vehicle accidents occur. It is also difficult to see them during extreme weather conditions.
  • Road Hazards. Minor hazards to larger vehicles such as cars such as potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, uneven pavement and others are major hazards to a motorcycle.
  • Wobble Accidents. When running at high speed, the front end of a motorcycle may experience wobbling due to its instability. This is caused by a misalignment in the front and rear tires. If an accident is due to wobbling, the manufacture of the motorcycle may be held liable.
  • Riding Skills and Familiarity. Compared to a car, a motorcycle may require more skills and physical coordination. Many accidents have been attributed to lack of basic riding skills.

Common Injuries

When a driver loses control of the motorcycle, they experience different kinds of injuries which may include the following:

  • Concussion and brain damage. During a collision and without a safety gear, the head may get in contact with other vehicles or a hard object. Wearing a helmet can lessen the risk of death by 37 percent.
  • Broken joints. The elbows, shoulder, hips, knees, or wrists may become broken during an accident. Make sure you have protective pads specially in the shoulders and pelvis, which are the most susceptible joints to break.
  • Biker’s Arm. This is a condition wherein the nerves in the upper arm get damage during an accident. This may result to permanent paralysis of arm movement.
  • Facial Disfigurement. Without a full-face helmet, the slide may slide across the ground or smash into an object.

When driving a motorcycle, it is best to be always on the safe side than lose your ability to ride.