There is an unfortunate misconception by some in Ohio that simply by wearing a helmet, a motorcyclist is protected from catastrophic injuries in case of an accident. However, this is not always the case. Severe head injuries are still possible while wearing a helmet. In addition to this, lack of external protection means that motorcyclists are more susceptible to road rash injuries, scarring and concussions. Motorcyclists often get thrown from their motorcycle, leading to severe head injuries.
Ohio residents may hear a lot about the efforts being conducted by various organizations and law enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on the roads, and this may lead them to believe that motorcycle crashes are also decreasing across the state. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
As previous posts have mentioned, a motorcycle lacks the crash worthiness and occupant protection that other motor vehicles do in event of an accident. Automobiles offer seatbelts, airbags, roofs and have more weight, making it more difficult to overturn than a motorcycle. A motorcycle, due to its lesser weight, has more maneuverability and the ability to stop faster than other vehicles, but its size makes it more difficult to see by other motorists on the road and its lack of protection makes it more likely that a motorcyclist will die in a motorcycle accident. Around 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in the death or injury to the motorcyclist.
Ohio motorists probably know that driving is an inherently risky activity. Not only must people drive responsibly and follow traffic regulations, they must also assume that other drivers on the road are also obeying traffic rules in order to avoid a crash. If two motorists unfortunately get into a crash, there are some elements that might protect them from suffering catastrophic injuries, such as seatbelts and airbags. The whole vehicle itself can protect someone from ending up vulnerable on the road. But, motorcyclists do not have this protection. Their vehicles do not protect them and in a motorcycle accident they can end up hurtling onto the road, without helmets, knee pads or any type of protection from the external elements. This may be why in accidents with motorists, motorcyclists suffer more extreme injuries.
In a nearby Ohio community an hour north of Cincinnati, a recent hit-and-run motorcycle accident left a motorcyclist with serious injuries. According to authorities, a motor vehicle struck the motorcycle and then left the scene. Police reported that the motor vehicle caused the accident that injured the motorcyclist. The 50-year old motorcycle accident victim suffered a serious head injury in the motorcycle accident and was taken to the hospital. Authorities took measurements following the accident and were investigating what happened.
Motorcyclists await this season all year round -- the freedom, the wind and the sounds of nature as they maneuver their bikes through traffic now that the weather is warmer. Unfortunately, motorists who are not paying attention to the road often fail to notice the influx of motorcyclists and can end up hitting them, injuring or even killing them.
The importance of wearing a helmet was outlined in last week's post on this blog, and the stark reality that many bikers in Ohio do not wear a helmet despite the benefits of it. But even those who wear a helmet can suffer severe head injuries, as helmet use does not eliminate the risk of injury, but only reduces it.
Because motorcyclists are more exposed than car or truck drivers, when motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they are more likely to suffer injuries than drivers of other types of vehicles to get injured. One of the best things motorcyclists can do to prevent serious injury to themselves is to wear a helmet.
Motorcycles are a frequent presence on Ohio roadways. Along with the enjoyment that a motorcyclist feels from being out on the open road on his or her bike, there are common dangers associated with riding a bike. Even when riders wear helmets and other protective devices, a motorcycle accident can lead to long-lasting damage and even fatalities. This is true even when a rider is cautious. In many instances, these accidents are due to motorcycle unawareness on the part of other people on the road, as can be seen from one recent wreck.