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In recent years motorcycle riding has become more popular especially among older more affluent riders. Compared to closed
vehicles, motorcycles are less stable and less crashworthy. They are also less visible to other drivers and pedestrians.
Motorcyclists are 39 times more likely to die in a crash that the occupants of a car.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
a. Other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way.
b. Failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic
c. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider
d. Lack of attention of the other driver
There is an extremely high risk of injury to those involved in a motorcycle accident. In multiple vehicle accidents motorcyclists
are injured 98% of the time and in single vehicle accidents motorcyclists are injured 96% of the time. Approximately 80% of
motorcycle accidents result in severe injuries or death. Wearing a helmet lowers a motorcyclist's risk of fatal injury by 39% and
reduces the risk of traumatic brain injury by 67%.
Serious injuries can have catastrophic affects upon your life. The trauma of an motorcycle accident can:
a. Harm your ability to work and earn money;
b. Require expensive medical treatment;
c. Severely impair your ability to function in your normal life such as walking, bending, climbing,
or lifting objects;
d. Cause pain and suffering; and
e. Be permanent.
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