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The truth about motorcycle safety

Whether you already own a motorcycle or are just thinking about getting one, you've probably heard quite a few myths about them, ranging from one extreme (they're just like fast bicycles!) to the other (they're exceptionally dangerous!). The truth, as is usually the case, is somewhere in between, and with proper safety and caution, riding a motorcycle can be an enjoyable activity and method of transportation.

Summer holidays a danger for motorcyclists

Memorial Day is a notoriously dangerous time for motorcyclists across Alabama and the United States, and the recent holiday was only the first in a series of summer occasions that often lead to a spike in motorcycle fatalities.  Per CBS News, the number of lives lost on motorcycles in the U.S. doubled between 2009 and 2015, and there are several factors that may be contributing to this increase.

Alabama State Troopers reveal 2017 motorcycle crash stats

Alcohol and speed were factors in a recent Autauga County, Alabama, fatal motorcycle crash, again highlighting the importance of staying vigilant on the roadway during the spring and summer seasons now that motorcycles are increasingly taking to the streets. Per WSFA,  statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicate that motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in accidents than motorists driving other types of vehicles, further driving home the importance of donning protective gear.

Preparing for a group ride: Motorcycle safety

You have the opportunity to participate in literally hundreds of motorcycle events, rallies and activities in Alabama and across the United States every year. Part of the attraction of these is to get together with your fellow riders and share your love of everything motorcycle related. However, riding in a group requires some extra safety precautions. We at The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., understand the importance of vigilance and defensive techniques every motorcyclist needs to prevent crashes.

Self-balancing motorcycles may prevent accidents

Over the last several years, motorcycles have increased in their popularity. However, riding one is an undeniably dangerous activity, with the Alabama Department of Transportation linking it to more than 13,300 accidents and 850 deaths on state roadways between 2004 – 2013. With riders across multiple age groups at risk of death following a motorcycle crash (though those between the ages of 20 and 24 face the highest level of risk), motorcycle manufacturers are exploring new design ideas they hope will one day help reduce these numbers.

How helmet laws and design improvements are saving lives

Riding a motorcycle is an inherently dangerous activity, but there is some good news for Alabama’s motorcycle riders. According to, for states that mandate motorcycle helmet-wearing, such as Alabama, the fatality rate of motorcyclists who were not wearing helmets was 8 percent while the rate for the same group in states without helmet laws was 58 percent.

Are touchscreens really improving motorcycle safety?

You may have seen people interacting with their onboard vehicle computer screens while riding your motorcycle on the roads of Alabama, and questioned whether the activity was legal. In fact, federal and state laws address distracted driving behaviors in an attempt to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents each year. However, you may not be aware of a new development: infotainment systems for motorcycles.

Is your motorcycle safe?

When you ride your motorcycle, safety often includes factors that are out of your hands thanks to Alabama road hazards, bad weather and the carelessness of other drivers. Although defensive riding techniques are helpful, manufacturers are constantly working to develop new ways to compensate for the relative lack of features that are available on most bikes. notes that greater visibility, control and improved protective gear may help reduce your risk of a motorcycle accident.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Although motorists in Alabama should always be aware of the road and the traffic around them, watching for motorcycles can take extra focus. Because of their smaller size and the difficulty gauging how fast they are moving, motorcyclists are often overlooked, and the results can be fatal. This is one reason that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month each May.

Riding in the rain: What motorcyclists should know

As the weather in Alabama gets nicer, you may be eager to get your motorcycle out of the garage and enjoy the sunshine. Along with the milder temperatures, spring also brings rain, and riding safely may be a challenge during inclement weather. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we understand that motorcyclists are more susceptible to harm than motorists at the best of times. Even so, with a little preparation, you may be able to reduce your risk in inclement weather.


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