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- Annually in the U.S., between 4,000 and 5,000 people die as the result of a motorcycle crash.
- In Oklahoma, 334 motorcyclists were hospitalized and 106 died in 2009.
- Alcohol or drug impairment is frequently reported for motorcyclists. Impaired riders are more likely to be hospitalized or die than unimpaired riders.
- Hospitalization or death is more frequent among motorcyclists not wearing a helmet.
- Based on Oklahoma data for 2009, typical hospital charges are over $13,000 higher for unhelmeted motorcyclists than those wearing a helmet.
- Injuries to the head, face, or neck are twice as frequent among unhelmeted motorcyclists than those wearing a helmet.
- Nearly one-half of motorcycle crashes involve only the motorcycle. This type of crash more frequently results in hospitalization or death than crashes involving other vehicles.
- Motorcycle crashes in rural areas and crashes occurring at night result in more hospitalizations and deaths than crashes in urban areas and crashes during daylight hours.
- Don’t ride if impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
- Wear a proper fitting DOT-approved helmet; you may want to consider helmets that are also Snell certified.
- Wear clothing or specialized gear that provides protection against road rash and impact injuries to other parts of the body.
- Be extra cautious if riding at night or on narrow rural roads, especially if you are unfamiliar with the road.
- Only ride motorcycles that you are familiar with and comfortable riding and that fit your riding experience level and physical ability.
- If new to riding, consider taking a motorcycle safety course that has a practical riding component.
Injury Prevention Service, OSDH, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Revised September 2012
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