There are few things more enjoyable than taking your motorcycle out for a spin, but it is important to realize that an enjoyable day can quickly turn tragic if a motorcycle accident occurs. It is a fact that riding a motorcycle is much more dangerous than riding in a traditional four-wheeled vehicle. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2016 the number of deaths that occurred on a motorcycle was almost 28 times the number of deaths that occurred in a car per mile that was traveled.
This means it is important to understand how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe on motorcycles. The first thing to understand is that wearing a proper helmet is not just the law in Ohio; it is very important for your safety. Wearing a helmet can decrease your risk of dying in a motorcycle accident by almost 40%.
Another thing that helps keep motorcyclists safe is choosing motorcycles that come with anti-lock brake systems. An anti-lock brake system in a motorcycle will do the same thing it will in a car: namely, it will prevent your bike from locking up when you pull the brakes. While locked brakes are very dangerous in a car as well, they are much more dangerous on a motorcycle, given that a motorcycle only has two wheels.
Even the variety of motorcycle that you choose to ride has an impact on safety statistics. Supersport motorcycles are much more dangerous than other varieties, such as cruisers or dirt bikes. The faster the bike can go, the more likely it is the driver will engage in dangerous driving maneuvers.