Motorcycle unawareness is the cause of far too many serious injuries and deaths to motorcyclists. The problem occurs because drivers in other vehicles are either not paying attention or simply do not see the motorcycle in their vicinity. Although drivers are more accustomed to driving next to larger vehicles, like cars and trucks, they have an obligation to also pay attention for motorcyclists nearby.
Motorcycle riders in Orleans Parish can also take steps of their own to help ensure their safety while they ride. Following all traffic laws is, of course, one of the most important safety methods for everyone on the road, including motorcyclists. In addition, riders should wear safety gear, especially protective eyewear and a helmet.
Some motorcycle enthusiasts may question whether wearing a helmet really matters. The unequivocal answer is that helmets save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in the motorcyclist suffering injuries or death. However, riders who wear helmets reduce their risk of death in an accident by almost 30 percent. By contrast, riders who don't wear helmets are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in the event of a motorcycle accident.
Under Louisiana law, motorcyclists must wear a helmet. Riders who fail to do so aren't just breaking the law, but they're also exercising poor judgment. The NHTSA data shows that thousands of people die in motorcycle accidents every year. Just as alarming, tens of thousands suffer injuries in motorcycle accidents.
Helmets can save lives and reduce the risks of severe head injuries. Riders have no excuse not to follow the law and increase their safety through the use of a helmet.
Source: NHTSA.gov, "Motorcycle Helmets The Facts of Life," Accessed on Feb. 28, 2015