According to national statistics, approximately 37% of passenger motor vehicle accidents result in injury or death while 83% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. Upon impact with a vehicle or an obstacle on the road, a motorcyclist is likely to be thrown from the bike and sustain serious injuries or, possibly, death. These percentages are not as shocking when comparing the safety features in passenger vehicles to motorcycles. The main differences between cars and motorcycles are the:
Personal protective equipment is extremely necessary in protecting a motorcyclist from injury. At a minimum, a motorcyclist needs the following personal protective equipment:
Along with wearing the correct safety equipment, riders need to understand the different motorcycle rules, take appropriate training courses, and know how to properly react if something unexpected should happen while on the road.
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