Teen motorcyclists in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S. will want to know how they can keep themselves safe. After all, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than automobile drivers to get in a fatal crash, and 90 percent of all motorcyclists who are involved in a crash had no previous formal training. What makes matters worse is that over half of all teen motorcyclists opt for sports bikes, which are responsible for more collisions than any other model.
There is a stereotype that motorcyclists are all men with tattoos, long hair and a reckless lifestyle. However, the fact is that there is not just one type of motorcyclist. They come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life.
Too many people make the mistake of thinking only of brain and spinal cord injuries when it comes to the severe physical damage done in a motorcycle crash. However, injuries of any kind after a motorcycle crash have the potential to be severe and life changing.
There are some types of accidents that are almost certainly going to end with catastrophic injuries. These include collisions at high speeds or involving vehicles of very different sizes.
Motorcyclists are typically not people who shy away from a little risk. In fact, if you are a rider, chances are you appreciate a little bit of a thrill and danger. However, this excitement-seeking nature does not mean that a person is reckless or immune to injuries suffered in an accident.
Let's say you needed to make a quick run to the convenience store. Since it was just around the corner, you hopped on your motorcycle and didn't bother putting on a helmet. Sure, the law requires you to wear one, but you didn't think it would be a problem.
You're 25 years old, you've taken your motorcycle safety courses, and you've been riding for four years. Under Pennsylvania law, that means you don't have to wear a helmet. You meet all of the criteria and can leave the helmet at home if you want.