The Danger of Motorcycle Accidents

You don't have to be an irresponsible biker to be injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates that motorists are 35 times more likely to be killed on a motorcycle than when driving a different vehicle, but that figure does not address fault in a motorcycle crash.

Unlike cars, trucks, SUVs and other enclosed vehicles, motorcycles offer little protection from other vehicles and from the road. Even if you are riding safely through an intersection, another vehicle can hit your bike from the side and cause serious injuries or death. Though the accident may cause injury regardless of the type of vehicle you were driving, the breadth of the injuries will be more extensive with motorcycles.

This is why motorcyclists must be vigilant. Motorcyclists must pay attention not only to their own driving, but also to their surroundings. Maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles and looking carefully before crossing intersections can mean the difference between a close call and catastrophic injury.

Pennsylvania offers its residents several programs to promote motorcycle safety and to educate the riding public. Even if you've been riding motorcycles for 20 years, you might pick up new safety tips from one of these courses that will save your life sometime down the road.

It is imperative that motorcycle enthusiasts understand the dangers of riding on the open road and take their commitment to safety seriously. According to Drive Safe PA, which is operated by PennDOT, there were 1,256 motorcycle fatalities on Pennsylvania roads in 2009 - the lowest number since 1944. In order to maintain the diminishing threat, motorcyclists should pay attention and follow safety laws.