With more businesses being cleared to open back up, we will soon see more traffic on the roads. For motorcycle enthusiasts here in South Louisiana, that can be a harbinger of danger.
There is no doubt that when you choose to ride a motorcycle that you assume a certain degree of risk. While such is true for those who ride in cars as well, the risk is much higher for motorcyclists simply because they lack the protections offered by the metal form of the car.
South Louisiana is enjoying a remarkably mild winter thus far this year. That means that many avid motorcyclists have been able to ride far more often than they normally would during the colder months.
There are many aspects of riding a motorcycle that the rider can control, such as not taking risks and making sure they are not putting themselves in dangerous positions on the road.
There are many different ways that people in Louisiana move around. Some walk to their destinations, some ride bicycles, many people drive cars or trucks and some others ride motorcycles. Riding motorcycles can be a very fun and enjoyable mode of transportation, but there are also dangers associated with riding motorcycles. They provide little protection to the rider, so if there is a motorcycle accident or they lose control, riders can suffer severe injuries as a result.
A previous post on this bog talked about how motorcyclists who travel on Louisiana's roads are more likely to be involved in a serious or even fatal accident than are people who drive in other vehicles. Family members can easily lose a loved one in a serious motorcycle accident.
People in Louisiana probably know intuitively that motorcyclists are at a greater risk of serious injury or death in a collision. After all, the sheer difference in size between a motorcycle and even a small car means that the relatively unprotected motorcyclist will get the worst of it in an impact.
There is a heavy emphasis among both lawmakers and safety experts on urging motorcyclists to wear helmets in order to protect their heads and necks. This is very good advice, as helmets do indeed prevent many fatalities and catastrophic injuries caused as a result of motorcycle accidents.
Recent statistics reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that many motorcycle accidents happen at intersections when a motorist makes a left turn in front of a motorcyclist traveling straight, thereby failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. These are potentially deadly motorcycle accidents because the rider will either strike the side of the car turning left, possibly flipping the bike over the car, or will need to make a very risky maneuver to avoid doing so. Such emergency swerves often end poorly for even the most experienced motorcyclist.
The common rule that many drivers in Louisiana follow is what is referred to as the two-second rule. Basically, if a driver arrives at the same spot as the car in front of him in two or more seconds, he has a safe following distance.