You see the articles posted online every day:
“Stockton man dies in solo motorcycle crash.”
“Solo Motorcycle Crash Reported on State Route 94”
“Police investigating solo motorcycle crash”
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, of the 4,667 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2012, 2,023 or 43% of them were single vehicle crashes. In 2011, 46% of the 4,403 motorcycle fatalities were solo crashes.
Of the 2012 single vehicle crashes, riders in 805 or 43% of the solo crash fatalities had a blood alcohol content greater than .08%
What does this tell us? In short, it tells us that more riders should consider attending motorcycle safety/training classes and that riding a motorcycle while even slightly inebriated is the single worst error riders make.
Motorcycle training courses are abundant. They may be offered by private vendors, your state department of transportation or at your local dealership. See for example courses offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The author of this blog article learned to ride and obtained his M class license through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.
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Motorcycle safety classes aren’t only for beginning riders. It’s important for experienced riders to hone their riding skills intermittently as well. This is especially true in cold-weather states where riders put their bikes away for the winter. Experienced rider courses are available from, among others, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It also offers specialty courses for riders of trikes, scooters and dirt bikes.
The majority of motorcycle accident cases the lawyers at Kass & Moses handle arise from accidents caused by third party automobiles/inattentive drivers. Still, if you or someone you know was injured in a solo motorcycle crash, contact Kass & Moses. We will provide you whatever guidance we can to help you navigate your way with your insurance company.
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