Oklahoma doesn't require motorcycle riders over the age of 18 to wear helmets. Savvy riders, however, will forgo the exhilarating feeling of the wind blowing through their hair and choose to wear helmets. They know that helmets can lessen the injuries to their head and neck should they be in an accident.
Riding a motorcycle with a passenger may be a fun way to spend an afternoon with a friend or loved one. However, Oklahoma residents and others should understand that riding with a passenger may carry safety risks. Ideally, a rider will learn how to operate a motorcycle safely before taking on a passenger. Motorcyclists new to riding with a passenger may want to start in an area where there is light traffic and fewer safety risks.
Each year, many Oklahoma residents are killed or seriously injured in motorcycle accidents. Data released by the Insurance Information Institute shows that the fatality rate for people in motorcycle collisions in on the rise.
The laws of physics make motorcycle riders in Oklahoma and across the country particularly vulnerable to the negligent behavior of other road users. While traveling on two wheels may be exhilarating and provide riders with a sense of adventure, motorcycles offer very little protection in a crash. Accident statistics reveal that motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to be killed on the nation's roads than passenger vehicle occupants, and they are also suffer five times as many injuries per mile traveled.
Oklahoma motorcycle riders can ride more safely by being aware of a number of myths about their mode of transportation. One is that leather is only for fashion. Leather can protect against injuries such as abrasions when a rider falls on the pavement. However, dropping a bike in an accident is not a way to prevent an injury. In fact, it is unlikely there would be time to react in this way.
In Oklahoma, many people are seriously injured or killed in motorcycle accidents. While not all accidents are avoidable, making certain the motorcycle is in good shape, good helmets and safety gear are worn and the tires are in good condition can help to limit the likelihood.
Motorcycle accidents are far more common than they should be in Oklahoma. In effort to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents over the coming summer months, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be hosting free safety classes for motorcyclists.
Spring is the time of year when many motorcyclists take their bikes out of storage and get ready for the new riding season. But motorcyclists aren’t the only ones who need to prepare. Other motorists, too, need to get ready to start sharing the roads with motorcycles again.