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Safety tips from a man who lived through 2 motorcycle accidents

The first thing that you often hear about motorcycle accidents is just how likely they are to be fatal. The death rate is much higher than it is for those in car accidents. This is true.

However, that doesn't mean that there is nothing you can do to prevent such an outcome. In reality, most motorcyclists who get into accidents live through those accidents. One man survived two of them, and he offered up some survival tips afterward. They include:

  • Wear a helmet with a full mask, as most people are facing the pavement when they impact it. A smaller helmet may look "cooler", but it offers less protection.
  • Wear gloves. Any time you fall off of your bike, no matter the reason, you will reach out to break your fall.
  • Put on reflective clothes or bright colors so that it is easier for drivers to spot you.
  • Learn as much as you can about your bike, including what types of things may cause you to crash. Anticipating an accident can certainly help.
  • Remember that injury is nearly inevitable in a crash. Be ready for that and concentrate on trying to reduce the severity.
  • Don't drive too quickly. In one accident, he was racing another bike and came to a blind corner, causing both of them to crash. Slowing down reduces the odds of an accident and reduces the severity of the injury if a crash does happen.

10 car accident facts you should know

Car accidents happen every day. On one hand, to those involved, they are unexpected and shocking. On the other, as a national trend, they're something we deal with all the time. This duality makes it a bit hard to think about the role that accidents play in daily life. How you view it likely has a lot to do with how much it has impacted you personally.

To help illustrate what car accidents really look like in America, here are 10 facts everyone should be aware of:

  1. Between 35,000 and 40,000 people die every year in car crashes.
  2. For those up to 54 years old, car accidents are a leading cause of death.
  3. If you want an overall fatality rate, it comes in at 12.4 deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S.
  4. When compared to Japan or Australia, the U.S. has a massively high traffic death rate, which is roughly 50% higher.
  5. Cyclists and pedestrians are killed in many accidents, and the trends indicate these accidents are just growing more common.
  6. Many drivers who crash do so because of inexperience.
  7. The vast majority of accidents happen due to human error.
  8. The total cost of U.S. car crashes is a stunning $871 billion annually.
  9. By some estimates, a car accident takes a life every 24 seconds.
  10. Car accidents can happen to anyone, and even safe drivers are injured in car crashes.

Watch out for these roadway hazards in efforts to stay safe

Though you and many other Pennsylvania residents likely drive on an almost daily basis, it is important to never become a complacent driver. Even if you have years of driving experience, you still need to maintain a constant focus on the task of driving and remember that other drivers could easily carry out reckless or negligent actions that put you in a dangerous situation.

Of course, the potential dangers on the road do not stop at other drivers. You could easily end up facing certain conditions that make it more hazardous to be on the road at a given time. If you do not account for these hazards and take action to drive more safely, you could end up in an accident.

What the online shopping surge could mean for accidents

How often do you buy things online? Would you say you have done so far more often lately?

If so, you're not alone. There has been such a massive online shopping surge in the last few months that Amazon, the largest online retailer and one of the most successful companies in the United States, had to hire 100,000 more workers in a frantic effort to keep up with demand. That's a type of quick increase like we have never seen before.

Girl making 'marvelous' recovery after being hit by a car

It's been approximately six months since a seven-year-old girl was hit by a car while getting off of a school bus and crossing the street back in October. The driver who hit her failed to stop properly. The good news is that the girl just got to come home and appears to be making great strides toward recovering.

Doctors did not know at the time how she would do. When the car slammed into her at 3:30 that fall afternoon, she suffered a serious brain injury. Her mother claims she nearly died on the way to the hospital. But she did survive, and, riding in a wheelchair, she's now coming home.

Economic troubles at least reduce car accidents

The economy is struggling lately. Many people are out of work for the foreseeable future. Some have less work than before. Businesses aren't making money or, at least, aren't making enough money. Products aren't selling. Many industries, like the travel industry, are making almost nothing.

On top of that, even those who are earning are often saving up money for an uncertain future. They've heard that a recession is either coming or already in progress, and they want to set money aside. That's wise, but it also means that money gets pulled out of the general economy.

Why do you ride a motorcycle?

People sometimes get so caught up in thinking about motorcycle safety and crash statistics that they forget why people ride in the first place. What is it about motorcycles that draws us to the open road? Why do we love these vehicles, even though they are often impractical and they do come with safety risks?

Everyone has their own reasons. You likely can list a few of yours. Here are a number of top reasons from industry professionals:

  • It's their passion in life. The same way that people love playing team sports, doing science experiments, going rock-climbing, writing books or anything else, people love to ride.
  • They love the friendships that it creates. Riding can be a solitary experience, and there is something to be said for the sense of freedom it creates, but it can also be a community experience. Some refer to this as a "brotherhood."
  • It's a good way to relieve stress. You see this reason from a lot of athletes and runners, as well. Getting out and doing something you love helps you work through the stress of the daily grind.
  • It does have a practical side. A motorcycle generally uses far less gas than a car, it takes up far less space and it gives people a fast, easy way to get around when they don't need to carry more than one passenger. Many people ride for their daily commute all summer long.

Being a safe driver when facing the unexpected

It's easy enough to be a safe driver when everything goes as planned -- though some people do struggle with it. You generally just need to focus on the road and drive defensively. You can't prevent all accidents, but you can reduce the chances that you'll cause one.

But what about when the unexpected happens? That's when safety gets a bit more difficult, but it's even more important at a time like that.

Understanding the danger of high speeds

People often complain about "speed traps," saying that the police just set them up to make money, not to keep people safe. However, speed limits -- and the enforcement that goes with them -- really do have a main goal of creating safer roads. The police understand that higher speeds put everyone in danger.

First and foremost, the speed that the cars are traveling at during a crash often relates directly to the severity of the injuries suffered by those in the accident. A crash may have been survivable at 55 miles an hour but may turn deadly at 75 mph. More force acts on the bodies of those in the vehicles.

Never pass a turning truck on the right

When a semi-truck driver has to turn right, he or she often takes the turn as wide as possible. This is done to make sure that the trailer, which cuts the corner, actually makes it through the turn.

The problem is that some people think that the open space on the right side of the truck is wide enough for their car. They don't realize that the truck needs that space to turn. This then leads to a potentially serious accident.

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