According to the WHO half of 1.27 million people who die in road traffic crashes every year are motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Most of the traffic accident deaths concentrate in this vulnerable group, some of the main factors that increase the risks of the injuries caused in these accidents are: driving under the influence of alcohol and that motorcyclists don’t wear their helmet.
Using the helmet correctly reduces the 40% of death risk in an accident and decreases the 70% of a severe injury.
The correct use of helmet fulfill 3 purposes:
- Reduces the skull deceleration, therefore the movement of the brain. The cushioned material incorporated in the helmet absorbs part of the impact and in consequence the head stops with slowness. This means that the brain doesn’t crash with the skull so hard.
- Disperse the force of the impact over a much longer area, in this way it does not concentrate in specific areas of the skull.
- Prevents the direct contact between the skull and the object that makes the impact acting as a mechanical barrier between the head and the object.
The helmet protects motorcyclists from most of the serious forms of brain trauma.
Unfortunately the needs of these vulnerable groups of road users are not accomplished yet so we share with you some safety tips to prevent motorcycle crashes:
1.- Take extra attention when making any turn. It’s simple to miscalculate the closeness and speed of an oncoming motorcycle so it’s safest to let the motorcycle pass.
2.- Pay special attention to intersections because many motorcycle accidents happen here.
3.- Always use turn signals, look twice when you change lanes, check mirrors and blindspots.
4.- If you are behind a motorcycle, respect a safe distance.
5.- Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the driveway.
If you or a family member, unfortunately, have been injured in a motorcycle accident please don’t hesitate to contact us, Austin 512 – 472 – 8865, Odessa 432 – 219 – 6363, Dallas 972 – 502 – 9600.