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Motorcycles are continuously growing in popularity among men and women of all ages across the United States. July is Women’s Motorcycle Month, which celebrates the increasing trend of women riders enjoying the freedom that often comes with grabbing the handlebars. The number of female bikers doubled over a ten-year period, and it’s estimated that more than 14 percent of motorcyclists in 2014 were women.
A study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that women riders accounted for less than 3 percent of motorcycle accidents resulting in fatalities in 2012. Rider training programs certify more and more women each year. Precaution is vital when it comes to motorcycles, and women seem to recognize the importance of safety, especially newer riders.
Regardless of your gender, all riders should practice safety measures before embarking on the next motorcycle adventure. You also need to know what to do after an accident. New motorcyclists should pay particularly close attention to safety. Some of the precautions you can take include:
- Antilock Brakes. You’re 37 percent less likely to be in a fatal motorcycle accident if your bike has antilock brakes.
- Take a Riding Course. Even if you already know the basics, it’s important to take a safety course. Insurance companies often require riders to take a training class before offering motorcycle coverage.
- Wear a Helmet. While some riders prefer to ride without helmets, your likelihood of sustaining a brain or spinal cord injury in an accident goes down significantly when you protect your head. Florida helmet laws require all bikers under the age of 21 to wear helmets.
- Stay Alert. Car and truck drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles in blind spots and at intersections. Be alert at all times to decrease your risk of a crash.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, please call our Orlando motorcycle accident attorney today at (407) 712-7300 to schedule your initial consultation. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter serves clients in Orlando, Florida and nationwide.