The most important protective gear that anyone who gets on a motorcycle -- as the operator or passenger -- can wear is a helmet. The chances of suffering a brain injury in a motorcycle crash triple when a person isn't wearing a helmet.
With spring less than a week away, it's time once again to focus on motorcycle safety. Motorists have to learn to safely share the road with two-wheeled cyclists, as the milder temperatures and longer days are a siren song to Kentucky bikers.
There are few better ways to enjoy the scenery of the Bluegrass State than on a motorcycle. From the eastern Brakes to the Land Between the Lakes, the crisp air of Kentucky is alluring to bikers both local and from out of state. But the dangers remain the same for all people on motorcycles.
When an individual tells their loved ones that they're planning to purchase a motorcycle, their family often expresses concerns. Their parents, significant others, children, colleagues or friends often ask them to reconsider their decision to buy a motorbike because they fear that they'll get hurt. After all, many of us have been taught that operating a motorcycle is more dangerous than a car. Is this the case though? It depends.
Vehicle drivers and their passengers receive the benefit of air bags, seat belts and a steel frame that protects them from getting hurt. Motorcycle riders don't have any of this protection, which means they're completely vulnerable to getting seriously hurt in a crash. Even a minor rearward-striking collision could kill a motorcyclist, so it's important to avoid such crashes at all costs.