Since motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in motor vehicle crashes than individuals in passenger cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sponsoring efforts to increase motorcycle safety awareness and behaviors among all of the nation’s motorists. A 5-year safety plan includes crusades such as ‘Share the Road” and ‘Stop Impaired Riding” because a full 14 percent of all roadway fatalities are motorcycle riders.

It is sound advice, and in many states, it is also the law that all motorcycle riders need to complete a rider education course. These programs are designed to offer complete instructions and comprehensive experience to motorcycle riders. State departments of motor vehicle offices have information regarding motorcycle training courses. Every state requires a motorcycle operator to have a specific license in addition to a regular automobile driver’s license.

When motorcyclists are riding on the roadways, it is important to their safety that they have the proper gear and clothing. Fully protecting the brain in motorcycle accidents can only be accomplished with a helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. In addition, motorcycle riders should be covered with leather, denim, or reflective clothing. Motorcyclists should also wear gloves and boots as part of their protective gear.

Safer riding and increased cooperation from other drivers on the roadways may help decrease the number of motorcyclist fatalities across the country. While motorcycle accidents continue to be problematic, it may be wise for anyone who experiences the loss of a loved one in a fatal motorcycle wreck to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. Attorneys who understand the laws and the safety challenges facing motorcyclists might offer some help negotiating insurance settlements or with taking this sort of case to court if necessary.