TAMPA, FL - When we think of motorcycles, we usually never connect them with being safe. A typical street bike owner is assumed to be the dare devil type who definitely likes to live life in the fast lane. We all get that mini heart attack when we hear a loud, fast engine zoom past us that’s almost out of sight before we realize, “Oh! It’s just a motorcycle!”
Of course motorcycles are less safe than cars, especially when involved in an accident. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles are more likely to be involved in crashes than regular cars. Additionally, the NHTSA also states that “deaths on bikes occur some 28 times more frequently than in any other vehicle, car included.”
First things first: Why are motorcycles so dangerous?
Besides the fact that you’re basically unprotected on all sides apart from your bum, you are vulnerable to whatever may happen in the outside world. Cars provide a steel frame that, for the most part, is designed to keep its inhabitants safe. “In fact, bikers are 27 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than car drivers, according to the NHTSA” (Finder, “Motorcycle Accident Stats).
Other factors include:
So what’s causing all of these motorcycle accidents?
There’s a number of factors that contribute to a motorcycle accident, whether they were at fault or not.
Common Motorcycle Crash Contributing Factors:
For those who currently own a motorcycle, or are in the market for one, there are multiple steps that can be taken to ensure your safety.
Consider choosing bike models that offer added protection: standard bikes, cruisers, touring bikes, or dual-sport bikes.
Wear a DOT-approved helmet
Watch out for yourself at intersections (and at all times)
Remain visible: wear bright, reflective clothing
Drive under the speed limit
Ride early in the day
Ensure you’ve added PIP (personal injury protection) to your insurance policy
At Clifton and Lewis, we take motorcycle policies very seriously because your safety is our top priority. We’d like you to remember all of these statistics the next time you hop on your bike, and please call us for anything.