For avid motorcycle riders, the summer season is jam packed with long rides, training seminars, and events to get bikers together to eat food, listen to music, and celebrate their favorite past time. The weather allows for longer rides in better road conditions, and more flexible work and school schedules enable motorcycle riders to take some time off to enjoy long rides and motorcycle advocacy events. Unfortunately, more bikers on the roads means an uptick in motorcycle accidents during the summer months. So to prevent fatal motorcycle accidents this summer, bikers should review the statistics and wear all appropriate safety equipment while zooming down city streets and highways.
The easiest way for bikers to avoid fatal motorcycle accidents is to wear all appropriate safety equipment, including a helmet. Much of the motorcycle community opposes mandatory helmet laws that have sprouted up in 20 states nationwide, including California and New York. They argue that mandatory helmet laws decrease ridership and fail to prevent the total number of motorcycle accidents. But statistics show that the vast majority of fatal motorcycle accident victims could have been saved by wearing a helmet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, for example, that helmets saved 2,000 bikers in 2008 alone, and predicts that a nationwide helmet law could have saved an additional 822.
So wearing safety equipment and employing a safety in numbers strategy could greatly improve motorcycle safety this summer. Click through for more information on motorcycle accidents in California and across the country.
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