PKSD Newsletter: Safety and Insurance Tips for Motorcycle Riders
In this month’s issue of the PKSD newsletter, our personal injury lawyers discuss the importance of motorcycle safety and insurance as the number of motorcyclists throughout the country continues to grow.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, motorcycle ridership is at an all-time high. There were more than eight million registered motorcycles on the roads in 2014, the most recent year on record.
Before heading out on the road this summer, our motorcycle accident lawyers share some important motorcycle safety tips.
Riding a motorcycle is more dangerous than riding in a traditional vehicle for many reasons, including the facts that they do not have a surrounding structure that protects occupants and that they lack airbags and seatbelts. Motorcycles are also less visible than other vehicles and require a certain level of skill and focus to operate safely.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends several safety tips for riders:
- Make sure you have the proper training and licenses before driving a motorcycle
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear
- Never drink and drive
- Continue learning and improving your skills
Although the number of injuries and deaths involving motorcycles has declined in recent years, the number of fatal accidents among riders age 50 and older has increased. In 1997, older riders accounted for 13 percent of motorcycle fatalities. In 2014, that age group accounted for 36 percent of motorcycle fatalities, a significant increase.
Protect Yourself with Insurance
Aside from strapping on a helmet and practicing safe driving techniques, the next best protection you can have in the case of a motorcycle accident is insurance. Although all 50 states require minimum insurance coverage, it may not be enough to cover the costs of a serious accident.
When purchasing insurance, it is important to consider a variety of coverages that can protect you from various circumstances, such as being involved in an accident with an uninsured driver.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at PKSD can help you recover the compensation you need for expenses associated with your injuries. Call 877-877-2228 today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
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