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Cruise Safely When You Put Your Motorcycle on the Road

Date: 05.17.2013
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, MBA Phone: (330) 375-4930

Akron, Ohio, May 17, 2013 –For motorcyclists, one of the best parts of summer is getting their bike out of the garage and onto the road. Gearing up with the proper safety equipment, though, is often not as popular. And it should be.

Motorcycle helmets alone saved 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives in 2008 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA concluded that 832 other motorcyclists could have survived their accidents had they been wearing a helmet. In the same year, 96,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents.

“A helmet is the most important piece of equipment for anyone on a motorcycle,” said Summa Health System’s Rebecca Wise, Summit County Safe Communities Grant Coordinator. “Many of the head injuries seen at the hospitals could have been prevented or been less severe if a helmet was worn. It’s such a simple thing to do that could save your life.”

Wise suggests these other safety tips for motorcyclists:

  • Wear a helmet with a Department of Transportation (DOT) label.

  • Wear other protective gear such as eye and face protection, long pants, gloves, boots and long sleeve jacket.

  • Require your passengers to wear a helmet and protective gear.

  • Take a training course, and get a license.

  • Don’t speed.

  • Be aware of all hazards on the road, including bumps, holes and cracks.

  • Drive defensively.

  • Until you are a skilled driver, don’t let anyone ride with you.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there have been 7 traffic fatalities in Summit County so far this year. From January to May 2012, there were 10 fatalities.

A message from Summa Health System and Summit County Safe Communities.

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