CDC reports surge in motorcyclist fatalities across the country
The CDC has reported that the number of motorcyclist fatalities in the U.S. doubled from 1999 to 2008.
August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- CDC reports surge in motorcyclist fatalities across the country
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The summer months provide an opportune environment for West Virginians who enjoy traveling by motorcycle. While getting out on the road is an enjoyable pastime, those who choose this mode of transportation should take care to protect themselves when riding.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States has been increasing in recent years. At the same time, the number of people killed in other types of motor vehicle accidents has actually declined.
The CDC reported that the number of motorcyclist fatalities doubled from 1999 to 2008 in the U.S. During that period, over 34,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in collisions across the country.
In addition, over one million motorcyclists required medical treatment in an emergency room due to personal injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents during that period. Of those treated for personal injuries, around 30 percent sustained injuries to their legs while another 22 percent sustained head and neck injuries.
Tips for West Virginian motorcyclists to stay safe on the road
Motorcyclists can take action to promote their safety when on the road. For instance, all motorcyclists in West Virginia should abide by the helmet law. In West Virginia, all motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle.
According to the CDC, such laws are particularly effective in ensuring motorcyclists always wear protective headgear when on the road. A CDC study revealed that only 12 percent of motorcyclists in states that require helmet use -- like West Virginia -- were not wearing a helmet at the time of a motorcycle accident. In comparison, 79 percent of motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet when a crash occurred in states without helmet laws.
In addition to wearing a helmet at all times, motorcyclists should also ensure their bike is in proper working order and that they are wearing appropriate clothing. Motorcyclists who are riding at night should always wear clothes with reflective strips, to ensure other motorists can spot them easily. Motorcyclists should never operate a bike if they have consumed substances, such as alcohol or drugs, which would prevent them from operating the bike safely.
West Virginian motorcyclists may also choose to participate in a training course to ensure their ability to operate a bike safely. The West Virginia Department of Transportation suggests courses conducted by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, seek the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
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