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Recommendations to reduce motorcycle accidents

As some Arkansas residents know, motorcycle accidents resulting in fatalities increased between 1997 and 2008 by more than double. However, statistics showed a drop in fatalities between 2012 and 2013. Improvements in the use of protective gear and a reduction in behavior that precipitates motorcycle accidents has contributed to the drop in the number of fatalities.

The Governors Highway Safety Administration has released a study showing how increased safety for motorcycle riders has been accomplished. Because motorcycle riders are less protected, which increases their vulnerability on the road, the GHSA recommends funding to evaluate and implement safety programs that affect their safety. One recommendation is an awareness program to encourage protective, conspicuous clothing to add to a motorcycle rider's safety through increased visibility and protection. Licensing laws are another area where improvements might be made through enhanced training programs.

Alcohol impairment is a major cause of fatal motorcycle accidents. The study encourages states to publicize laws and encourage improvement through publicity about enforcement. In addition, states may wish to explore other areas that discourage motorcycle riding when the rider has been drinking, such as initiating awareness programs.

The GHSA study recognizes the importance of the fact that motorcyclists share the road with larger vehicles. Because of this, it encourages states to develop programs to educate motorists to be aware of motorcycle riders on the road and offer training courses for motorists.

Being involved in a motorcycle accident may result in significant injuries, including long hospital stays and loss of income. If an accident occurred through the negligence of another motorist, consulting an attorney may be helpful. The attorney might review accident reports to determine who was at fault and, if appropriate, file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the damages that the injured victim incurred.

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