It may sound silly to most people who have never hopped on a motorcycle and had to worry about whether other vehicles could see them, but one thing motorcyclists know is that what you wear can help you stay visible and save your life.
Why is it Important to Stay Visible?
More than 70 percent of motorcycle accidents involve a passenger car, and a main cause of accidents is a failure to detect nearby motorcyclists. Over two thirds of motorists interviewed after an accident claimed not to have seen the motorcycle. Motorcyclists are especially at risk later in the evening and at night. Most motorcycle accidents happen during the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., when there is heavy traffic and lower visibility.
What is High Visibility Clothing?
Motorcyclists can buy vests, jackets, wind pants and gloves that can help you stay visible to surrounding vehicles. Some brands may utilize reflective strips and neon colors to help further aide visibility. Wearing high visibility orange, neon or yellow clothing can draw a motorist’s attention to you and make it less likely they will hit you and cause an accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration named the use of headlights at night and wearing high-visibility clothing as among the best methods for reducing a motorcycle accident. In fact, wearing high-visibility clothing might reduce your chances of a motorcycle accident by 37 percent.
As motorcyclists ourselves, Metier Law Firm will stand by those who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. If you have questions about your case, you can contact us for a free consultation.
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Did You Know? According to a study from the University of South Florida’s Transportation Research Center, passenger cars are at fault in a motorcycle accident 60 percent of the time.