New Jersey and Pennyslvania motorcycle accidents can be prevented. Yet, statistics show that motorcycle accidents are on the rise. For anyone who operates a motorcycle, there are some important pieces of safety information to keep in mind in order to avoid being involved in an accident and to avoid causing an accident with another vehicle. Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr. shares some interesting motorcycle facts:
- Motorcycle fatalities are nearly 30 times more common than car accident fatalities.
- Motorcycle riders 40 years old and above are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle drivers of the same age group.
- There are over four million motorcycles registered in the United States.
There are many consequences of motorcycle accidents:
- Greater exposure to items such as lamp posts, telephone poles, concrete barriers, road signs and fences just to name a few, without the protection of metal around you such as you would have in a car.
- Concussion or brain damage. When the head violently comes in contact with another object, a brain injury is possible. By wearing a helmet, you reduce the risk of a head injury by 37 per cent.
- Joint damage. Joints such as elbows, shoulder, hips, knees and wrists are all at risk of breaking if you are in a motorcycle accident.
- Soft tissue damage. Soft tissue is classified as skin and muscle. As the body slides across a surface such as the road, the skin and muscle can sustain injuries. This can be prevented by wearing the proper clothing while operating a motorcycle. Leather apparel is often recommended because of its durability.
- Facial disfigurement. In the absence of a full face helmet, the unprotected face slides acorss the ground, or can be smashed into an object, resulting in broken facial bones and/or permanent, prominent scarring.
- Biker’s arm. Because of the impact of the fall, the nerves in the upper arm are damaged, which can lead to permanent paralysis.
Personal protective equipment utilized by both driver and “passenger” is highly recommended while riding a motorcycle. The functions of personal protective equipment are:
- Improved visibility
- Abrasion resistance
- Impact protection
- Weather protection
Some of the most important personal protection equipment to purchase includes:
- leather pants,
- goggles, and
- ear plugs
In addition to proper equipment, and perhaps more importantly, proper training of all motorcycle operators reduces the number of Bucks County motorcycle accidents.
If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced PA personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC invite you to call our office to discuss your case. We also encourage you to visit our website where you can view Attorney Saile’s informative videos and learn your best next steps after being involved in a motorcycle or auto accident. Our PA Car Accident Book is available to you FREE of charge and can be instantly downloaded to your computer.