Statistics show that unhelmeted motorcyclists are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) than helmeted riders. In 2010, over eight percent of unhelmeted motorcyclists sustained mild to moderate TBI, while 7.3 percent suffered severe TBI. In contrast, only four percent of helmeted motorcyclists sustained severe TBI.
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Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of brain injuries. Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown that wearing a motorcycle helmet can reduce the risk of serious injuries. Several studies have shown that helmet use decreases the likelihood of serious or fatal head injuries. However, studies have not determined whether mandatory helmet use reduces the risk of fatalities in motorcycle crashes.
Driver fatigue is a major factor in many motorcycle accidents. Tired drivers exhibit the same symptoms as drunk drivers, and can have difficulty staying focused on the road. More than 90,000 collisions involving motorcycles occur each year because of drowsy driving. These accidents are very dangerous and can result in catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.
Motorcycle accidents can also be the result of the incapacity of another driver. Many of these accidents result in head-on collisions, sideswipes, and rear-end crashes. While these types of collisions are rare, they can have devastating consequences.
Impaired visibility is a significant factor in many motorcycle accidents, including those involving multiple vehicles. Motorcycle drivers can improve their visibility by using motorcycle headlamps during daylight hours and wearing high-visibility jackets. Impaired visibility contributes to more than half of motorcycle accidents, and it is a major contributor to the severity of motorcycle injuries.
Impaired visibility can also be caused by poor road conditions. Poor road conditions affect all types of vehicles, but they can be particularly hazardous for motorcycles. Potholes, uneven pavement, and lack of visibility can send motorcycle riders flying, resulting in head injuries.
Fuel system leaks are a major cause of motorcycle accidents. They cause over 50 percent of motorcycle accidents. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent them. If your motorcycle’s fuel system is leaking, the problem was likely caused by a fuel system defect, and you can easily prevent it.
Leaky fuel systems can result in a fire, which can cause a fatal crash. Motorcycles have a higher risk of fire compared to cars, so it’s important to use high-visibility jackets and motorcycle headlamps when possible. Fuel system problems are especially dangerous after a crash, as they increase the risk of fire and other injuries.
Researchers have discovered a surprising relationship between the number of motorcycle accidents and inattentional blindness. They have found that a high percentage of traffic accidents involving motorcycles are caused by inattentional blindness. Inattentional blindness is the failure to notice an object in plain sight even when it is right in front of us. Motorcycles are less visible than passenger vehicles, which can lead to drivers misjudging their distances and missing them.
Inattentional blindness is a psychological phenomenon that causes drivers to fail to notice other objects in a busy environment. When a driver is driving in a busy environment, their attention is often focused on the road ahead and they do not notice the motorcycle. Consequently, the driver may be at fault in a motorcycle accident.
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