April 18, 2012
A study from the Highway Loss Data Institute found that experience is key for motorcycle safety. According to CBS 6 News, the study shows that 22 percent of the roughly 57,000 motorcycle collision insurance claims over a four year period occurred within the first month of the policy taking effect. That rate decreased by 33 percent after the second month and by nearly two-thirds after the initial six months.
These findings support earlier research which found that more than half of the motorcycle riders involved in accidents were younger than 25 years old and had less than five months experience on that particular motorcycle—although their total riding experience was almost three years. In addition, 92 percent had never received any formal training.
To bring these numbers into perspective, a 19-year-old man was killed after being involved in an accident with three other vehicles in Saratoga County Sunday morning.
Reports say the young man was heading north on Route 9 in Halfmoon, New York, when a car turning left pulled out in front of the bike. The biker didn’t have time to stop and struck the car before hitting two other vehicles.
The Albany Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices would like to encourage motorcycle riders to take a class in safe riding skills. A list of certified courses can be found at the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program website.