How To Stay Safe On Your Motorcycle

Is there any better feeling than hitting the Arizona open road on your bike, with the wind in your face and your worries behind you?  Due to the many dangers inherent in motorcycling, however, it is imperative that you ride safely to keep that good feeling from turning into tragedy.

Motorcycle crash deaths in Arizona rose by an alarming 59% during 2010–2011, according to a recent announcement by the Arizona Department of Transportation.   Arizona has stressed the importance of rider training while initiating statewide efforts to reduce fatal motorcycle-related crashes. The Governor has made motorcycle safety one of the top goals for 2013 and will be looking into further ways to train motorcycle riders about safety.

Arizona riders 18 years of age and older are not required by law to wear a helmet, but motorcyclists of all ages are required to wear protective eye gear. Even though riders are not required to wear helmets, it is in their best interest to do so in order to avoid head and other catastrophic injuries. Further, riders should obey the speed limits, avoid distractions, and wear proper restraints.

Motorcycle riders also should not underestimate the effect that even a little bit of alcohol can have on their ability to safely maneuver a motorcycle. According studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, consumption of any alcohol increases a motorcycle rider’s chance of crashing by five times.

Arizona motorcycle safety is a work in progress, and the state will be putting an extra emphasis on it this year to turn this terrible trend around. If you have any questions about motorcycle safety or if you have been injured in an accident, contact a Tucson motorcycle accident attorney today.

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