Many of us watch carefully whenever we see a motorcycle nearby on the roadway. It is only natural for us to become concerned in such a situation, especially if we ourselves have driven or ridden on a motorcycle previously. While the ride can be quite thrilling at times, it can also be quite scary in other situations. With so little to protect the driver and any passengers from the elements and from the other vehicles on the roadway, not to mention any obstacles that may arise suddenly, riding a motorcycle can be an extremely dangerous thing, even in the best of times.
Statistics show that nearly one-third of cyclists who died in a fatal accident were found to be speeding at the time immediately prior to the accident. This is twice the rate for drivers of passenger vehicles. Even worse, nearly half of the fatal accidents were shown to involve alcohol involvement. Helmets are often left unused by some motorcyclists, though in 2003, over six hundred lives might have been saved if they had been used, and over one thousand were saved because of helmets. These statistics show an alarmingly high tendency towards dangerous actions on the part of those that choose to ride motorcycles. In addition, motorcycle rider fatalities have been on the rise since 1997, reaching extremely high levels. In 2004, over four thousand cyclists were killed and over 76,000 were injured.
When riding a motorcycle, remember that it is better to be safe than to be sorry. The fatality rate for accidents involving motorcycles is much higher than with other types of vehicles, due to the fewer amounts of safety features that a motorcycle can offer. Always wear a helmet when riding your motorcycle, and never engage in any unsafe driving behavior. Particularly, ensure that drivers see you before attempting to pass them, as a driver which does not see you may attempt to change lanes while you are beside them. Try to remember that just because you are on a motorcycle does not mean you have free reign over the road. Respect other drivers and try to avoid speeding and other potentially dangerous maneuvers. Many consider that drinking and driving a motorcycle, even when below the legal limit, is a potentially deadly and dangerous maneuver for cyclists. Always try to know your limits when it comes to everything.