Winter might still have some fight left in it here in Colorado, but that does not stop many people from wishing and waiting for warmer weather. When spring arrives, more people will be out on their motorcycles. Before that happens, it might be a good idea to review safety measures, including the common causes and injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents.
Riding the open road, feeling the fresh air and enjoying the thrill of a ride through Colorado's beautiful landscape are just some of the upsides to riding, a motorcycle but there are downsides as well. Many of the factors that protect those in passenger and commercial vehicles are absent for a motorcycle rider. Numerous factors that might not ordinarily cross the minds of other motorists contribute to motorcycle accidents and the serious or fatal injuries that result.
The latest and complete data gathered by the Department of Transportation is for 2014. In that year, there were 4,295 deadly motorcycle accidents. That means that thousands of families across the United States -- including some here in Colorado -- who lost loved ones.
A motorcycle accident in Denver, Colorado left one person with serious injuries. The wreck occurred at an intersection and involved another car. Very few details have been made available about the crash, but it is likely that the injured individual is the motorcyclist.
There's a major misconception about motorcycles and those who ride them. It is that because they choose to ride and because the risk of serious injury for them is higher than for those who drive in four-wheeled vehicles, somehow motorcyclists are naturally reckless.
Statistically speaking, a person riding on a motorcycle is much more likely to suffer a serious or fatal injury in an accident than a person riding in a car. And the bigger and more wheels a motor vehicle has, the less likely are the chances of a serious injury.