I can hardly wait for those long summer days to be here – bringing with it the sights, sounds, and smells of happiness, laughter, family, and fond memories. Thankfully, that wait is almost over. Of course, a favorite of summer is to enjoy the open road on a motorcycle. While I certainly don’t want to put a damper on any enjoyable summer activities, I do implore everyone to be cautious and safety-minded if operating a motorcycle or riding on one.
According to the Utah Department of Transportation, motorcycle accidents have increased since the 1990s. Despite, this they go on to state that approximately only 61% of riders wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle can be the single most important thing you can do to prevent serious injury or even death. Under Utah law, anyone riding on a motorcycle who is under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
The Utah Department of Transportation went on to cite the following as the highest contributors to motorcycle crashes: (1) speed; (2) following too close; (3) failing to keep in proper lane; (4) ran off-road; and (5) evasive action or swerving. Do not be one of these statistics – be safety-minded and use care and caution when operating a motorcycle.
Not only must care and caution is applied but extra attention must be utilized when operating a motorcycle. Drivers of cars tend to overlook or not see motorcycles. The Utah Department of Transportation cites the statistic that roughly one-third of 28% of drivers who hit motorcyclists were turning left and failed to see the motorcycle.
In 2016 a study was done in the US which arrived at the consensus that wearing a helmet cut the risk of suffering from a traumatic brain injury in half when a rider wore a helmet. The American Journal of Surgery published the report and quoted that those injured were 44% less likely to suffer a fatal injury when compared to those who were not wearing a helmet. Likewise, the CDC has estimated that helmets saved 1,859 lives in 2016. Furthermore, helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and head injury by 69%.
I sincerely hope you enjoy all that summer has to bring with it with absent any accidents or injuries. That said, should you suffer a motorcycle injury, or have questions or concerns regarding a motorcycle accident, contact one of our legal professionals today to discuss your rights.
The Law Offices of Roberto Hernandez is here to represent injured individuals throughout of all Utah. This includes accidents such as car crashes, motorcycle accidents, trucking incidents, dog bites, and pedestrian accidents.