A motorcycle accident that seriously injured singer Wynonna Judd’s husband, Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser, has brought attention to the dangers of motorcycle collisions.
The New York Daily News recently reported that Moser had started to walk with a prosthetic leg after using a wheelchair and walker for nearly eight months. The accident occurred in August while Moser and Judd were riding solo motorcycles in South Dakota and Moser’s bike collided with an oncoming vehicle.
According to a report prepared for the Governors Highway Safety Association, preliminary data showed that 3,580 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in the first nine months of 2011. This was slightly below the number of motorcycle fatalities for the same period of the prior year, but researchers projected that the final numbers would not reflect a decrease.
The Centers for Disease Control listed the primary body parts that people injured in motorcycle accidents from 2001 to 2008:
- Leg/Foot – 30 percent
- Head/Neck – 22 percent
- Arm/Hand – 18 percent
- Upper Trunk – 20 percent
- Lower/Trunk – 8 percent
- Other/Unknown – 3 percent
The CDC recommends always wearing a DOT-approve helmet, even if your state does not require it. Other motorcycle safety tips from the CDC include:
- Never ride a motorcycle if you have been drinking.
- Do not let friends ride impaired.
- Wear protective clothing (Padded leather clothing is protective, and reflective materials let other people know you are there.)
- Do not tailgate.
- Drive at a safe speed.
- Use precautions when traveling over gravel or slippery surfaces.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorcyclist get into accidents, often because of mistakes by other drivers. If you have been injured or lost a family member in a New York City motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, talk to New York motorcycle accident and injury attorney David Resnick.