Motorcyclists sustain injuries at a much higher rate than other motorists on the road.
It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Using the right knowledge, appropriate safety equipment and responsible decision-making can help you stay safe on a motorcycle.
Know the rules of the road
In Alabama, you have to be at least 16 years old to drive a motorcycle, and you have to have a Class M endorsement. Stay visible by keeping your headlights on and staying on the left edge of the lane so others can see you more easily. Avoid driving through blindspots, especially those created by larger tractor-trailers. Above all, follow the speed limit.
Wear the right safety gear
In Alabama, it is legally required that you wear a DOT-approved helmet and shoes any time you operate a motorcycle. Safety jackets, reinforced riding pants, boots and gloves also significantly reduce your injuries during a crash.
According to crash statistics compiled by National Highway Traffic Safety Board, 41% of motorcyclists who died in single-vehicle accidents in 2020 were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Motorcyclists are more likely to cause an accident when their reaction time is slow or dulled. Inebriation makes it more difficult to judge distances accurately. You need quick reflexes in order to maneuver a motorcycle safely. Alcohol and drugs increase the likelihood that you will overcorrect and crash the bike.
Avoid costly accidents and injuries by doing everything within your power to stay safe on the road.