Motorcyclists need to use caution while riding on the road

Nov 22, 2010

Motorcycle accidents can be deadly

For a variety of reasons, motorcycle riding has become quite popular among people across the country. While the two-wheeled vehicles save on fuel, they also present an increased likelihood of dying in an accident.

To help educate motorcyclists, The Louisiana Department of Public Safety is offering a course to riders. The class teaches skills unique to operating the vehicles and is suitable for beginning and returning motorists.

Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, says it's particularly important for motorcycle operators to know how to safely operate their vehicle because they offer less protection in an accident compared to a car.

"An automobile crashing into another vehicle at 20 miles per hour will often result in only property damage," says LeBlanc. "But the chances of injury or even death are considerably higher when a motorcycle crashes at that same speed."

It may be a good investment for those who frequently ride motorcycles or are on the road to get life insurance, given the increased opportunity to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

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