Despite seat belts, air bags, helmets and other legislated safety measures, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of accidental injury in the U.S. today.
Lack of vehicle structure provides disadvantages for motorcyclists, who are less visible to other drivers and lack a protective metal enclosure to shield them in an accident.
A study funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that:
- Motorcyclists were injured 98% of the time in collisions with other vehicles.
- Most motorcycle accidents were caused by motorists who failed to see the motorcyclist.