Training, Protection and the Law
There are a lot more people riding motorcycles today than in years past and this means that there are less experienced operators on the road. With a sharp steady rise of fatalities and injuries the statistics prove the need for educational training in motorcycle safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 148,000 motorcyclists have died in traffic accidents since the enactment of the Highway Safety and National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (NHTSA).The motorcycle riders involved in accidents are essentially the ones without proper training; 92% were self-taught or learned from family and friends (motorcycle-accident.com). Motorcycle rider training reduces accident involvement and is related to reducing injuries in the event of accidents.
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), more than 3 million motorcycle riders have taken and graduated from an MSF safety course (DMV.org). With training these people would be taught the essential need for wearing protective equipment, learning evasive maneuvers, and the importance of being aware of their surroundings while riding a motorcycle. The basic rider course would also teach how to inspect the motorcycle, how to start and stop the motorcycle, how to maneuver the motorcycle in a different variety of driving environments and traffic situations, and much more (DMV.org). From the footwear, chaps, leather jacket, choice of gloves, eye glasses, and head gear, the rider learns that he or she is the one that will makes the decision as to what they will wear for protection. This is a very important decision, truly a matter of life and death. Consequently, an unwise decision could also result in a debilitating injury in the event of a motorcycle accident.