Motorcycle accidents have a much higher injury and fatality rate than automobiles because the motorcycle rider is much more exposed at the point of impact and during the course of events which result in an accident. There is not a seat belt for a motorcycle rider to use to prevent him or her from being injured or killed. Riders are also more exposed to the elements and the fact that their vehicles have a smaller profile than most automobiles can make the motorcycle rider almost invisible to other drivers on rainy, foggy or low light days.
Wear a helmet. Emergency room doctors refer to motorcycle riders who do not wear a helmet as walking organ donors. As morbid as this sounds the fact is that most motorcycle accidents result in some degree of head trauma. The head is the only part of the body a rider can effectively protect and measures should be taken by the rider to do so.
Take a motorcycle safety class. A rider that is more proficient operating their motorcycle will also avoid more accidents. Insurance companies know that safe riders make the road safer for the rest of us.
Drive in safe weather. A rider will avoid more accidents by driving in safe driving conditions. Motorcycles are more prone to bad weather including rain and snow. Despite the quality of the motorcycle, the best decision is simply to stay off of the road during bad weather.
Wear eye protection. A rider does not have the benefit of a wind shield as a driver in an automobile will have. Riding without a visor or goggles could subject the rider to having debris or dirt from the road blowing into his eyes and causing him or her to lose control of their motorcycle.
Maintain the rules of the road. Many accidents are caused by riders not observing the basic rules of the road and doing things such as riding between cars and lanes and simply speeding. A motorcycle needs to operate just as an automobile will need to.
Be seen. Riders should ride with at least one light on in the daytime and all of their lights on at night. Reflectors should also be used to increase their visibility to other drivers on the road.