Motorcycles are an exciting adventure. I know personally. But like anything else, there are risks associated – and this case, serious ones.
The CDC estimates that between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 individuals were treated for a non-fatal motorcycle injury.
Additionally, the highest injury and death rate is found among the 20-24 year olds, followed by the 25-29 year old age group. The CDC also reports the following statistics concerning injury by primary body part injured:
- 30% Leg or foot
- 22% head or neck
- 20% upper torso
- 18% arm or hand
- 8% lower torso
Approximately 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with an automobile. Drivers frequently fail to see motorcycles in traffic and this is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Intersections are common places for collisions with motorcycles. Interestingly, weather plays a role in less than 2% of in all motorcycle accidents cases. More information from the CDC concerning motorcycle accidents can be found here.
- Wear a helmet
- Never drink and ride
- Wear protective clothing that provides injury protection if a motorcycle crash occurs
- Maintain a safe speed and proceed with caution when traveling over gravel or slippery surfaces
- Avoid tailgating other motorcycles, cars or trucks
- Take the motorcycle safety course and brush up on your rules of the road
- Avoid distractions, including cellphones and music
- Leave pace between yourself and other vehicles
- Educate passengers on these rules and appropriate conduct while on the motorcycle
- Ride within your skills. Develop your skills before taking on difficult roads like highways and interstates.
More information on motorcycle licenses and rules in Mississippi can be found here.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Mississippi, contact the motorcycle accident experts at David Butts Law Firm today. If you’d like to schedule a FREE consultation, call (855) 543-4224 or simply complete the form below. A team member will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your case.