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Motorcycle riders in their teens are at increased risk of crashes

Motorcycle drivers have to be especially careful when they are driving. You are 16 times as likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident than you are in a car accident. That's a pretty scary thought, but it is one that is important because it might spur you to be a bit safer when you drive.

Teens on motorcycles have to be careful when they drive because they don't have the same experience as older bikers. These younger bikers might have difficulty with the skill set necessary to ride safely. In two-thirds of accidents involving a motorcycle operator who was 16 to 19 years old, the motorcyclist was responsible for causing the crash.

Around 11 teens in the 16- to 19-year-old age group are seen in emergency rooms across New York state each week. Each of these injuries might have been prevented if the motorcyclist or other drivers on the road had driven in a safe manner.

Drivers as young as 16 years old can get a license to drive a motorcycle. These drivers must remember that traffic laws are in place for a reason. Driving at unsafe speeds is the number one cause of motorcycle crashes for teen motorcyclists.

Anyone who rides or drives a motorcycle should be certain to wear appropriate safety gear. A helmet is one crucial piece of equipment since it can help to protect you from a brain injury if you are injured. If you happen to get into an accident and the other driver was at fault, you might choose to seek compensation for the injuries and other damages caused by the crash.

Source: New York State Department of Health, "Motorcycle Safety, Teens Ages 16 to 19 Years," accessed March 31, 2017

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