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Nebraskan Motorcycle Fatalities on the Rise

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Motorcycle accidents are incredibly dangerous for bikers. Unfortunately, in the first 10 months of 2020, 28 motorcycle accident fatalities have been reported, up 27% from previous years. During the entire year of 2019, there were only 25 total reported motorcycle deaths. This increase in fatalities is especially worrisome because more data shows motorcycle drivers are not  operating under the safety guidelines. Common Causes of Motorbike Crashes in 2020.

Safety experts have noticed that many of the recent motorcycle fatalities are the result of the recklessness of the driver. William Kovarik, administrator for the Nebraska Highway Safety Office says there has been a noticeable increase in motorcyclists killed while not wearing a helmet and the speed of their vehicle. All riders and operators of motorcycles are required to  wear protective helmets that are specifically made according to standards set by the U.S.

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“It is important to wear proper safety gear when riding a motorcycle. It could save your life, and it’s also the law,” says Attorney John S. Berry Jr. of the Berry Law Firm. “If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident and are not wearing a helmet, that could complicate any personal injury case you hope to pursue. Practice good judgment on the road and always protect yourself.” 

It is important to note that not all motorcyclists drive recklessly or without helmets. Other drivers on the road often cause accidents by failing to yield to bikers. However, these types of crashes have not increased in frequency in 2020.

Motorcycle Risks 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that motorcyclists are prone to serious injury and fatality in crashes due to the nature of the vehicle. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident than people in passenger cars, according to NHTSA.

Additionally, motorcycles account for 14% of all traffic accidents even though they only make up 3% of the vehicles on the road. An individual in a passenger car is protected by the walls of the vehicle. They have a safety belt  that keeps them in their seat, and the walls of the car are designed to absorb the impact should they collide with another vehicle or external barrier. Motorcyclists don’t have anything between them and the road or other cars when they crash and are completely exposed and at risk of catastrophic injuries.

Motorcycle Safety Precautions

Motorcycle riders can still take precautions to protect themselves and reduce their risk of being involved in serious traffic accidents. Kovarik says that motorcyclists should obey speed limits and be aware of the lack of visibility for motorcycles. Proper training and education are also vital for those driving motorcycles to ensure they know how to navigate the road. Lastly, riders should always wear helmets. Not only is it the law, but it serves as valuable protection in vehicle collisions.