Spring is right around the corner, and that means motorcyclists are likely getting their bikes ready for the road.
If you or your loved one rides a motorcycle, then you are likely already aware of the risks that come with riding a motorcycle. However, just like a bike needs a tune up after being put away all winter, motorcyclists can benefit from a brief refresher on safe riding habits. For instance, do you have – and regularly wear – a helmet? If you don’t, then this could be the year to make a change and start wearing one.
According to recent statistics, 802 people who lost their lives in a motorcycle accident in 2016 could have survived if they had been wearing a helmet. Further, not only can helmets protect riders from a traumatic brain injury, they can also protect riders from neck injuries, as well.
Recent research suggests that the belief that helmet use increases the risk of a cervical spine injury in the event of a crash is not accurate. In fact, a small study showed that wearing a helmet can actually reduce the risk of a CSI in a crash. While the study was small, the results are interesting and they provide evidence that helmets can keep riders safer.
Ohio laws do not require all riders to wear helmets; only novice operators and riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet. However, even though the laws do not require everyone to wear a helmet, it is certainly something ever rider needs to think about carefully.
No matter how safe and experienced a person might be on a motorcycle, there is no way to predict the actions and decisions of others on the road, and all it takes is one bad move or one unsafe driver to cause a catastrophic accident.
Protecting yourself on Ohio roads is critical, especially considering the frequency with which reckless, negligent drivers drive drunk or get distracted while driving. If you do get injured in a serious motorcycle crash, then you can still take action to protect yourself by filing a legal claim to hold a negligent party accountable for your damages.