Motorcyclists Beware: The Worst Drivers in the Country Are in the South

bad_driverDriving a motorcycle is a dangerous activity. Driving a motorcycle in the southern part of the United States, well that’s practically a death wish. A new report was just released which ranked states with the worst drivers. All 10 states with the worst drivers were in the South.

The report from reads:

“The states with the best safety records tend to be up north. Massachusetts, for example, had the single lowest fatality rate of any state in the Union…. Meanwhile, the further down the list you get, the more members of Dixie and the Old West start cropping up. The Southwest didn’t do much better; in all, the southern half of the country holds nine of the ten worst states.”

Here are the 10 states with the worst drivers.

#10) South Carolina – Ranked 48th for fatalities and 45th for obeying road signs.

#9) Alabama – 46th for tickets. 42nd for fatalities. 41st for obeying road signs.

#8) Montana – Highest ticket rate in the country. Also ranked 40th for carelessness.

#7) Kentucky – 42nd for carelessness and 48th for drunk driving.

#6) Arizona – Arizona ranked poorly across the board.

#5) Oklahoma – Lots of DUIs, fatal accidents, and traffic tickets.

#4) Florida – Out of the 10 worst driving states, Florida has the least amount of drunk drivers… Yay… It does have more tickets than any other state.

#3) Texas – Texas ranked pretty poor in all categories.

#2) Missouri – Ranked in the bottom 10 for carelessness and DUIs.

#1) Louisiana – Louisiana is in the bottom 10 in all categories except failure to obey signs.

Most of the states on the worst drivers list consist of large urban areas. The report says that once you get away from urban areas and public transportation, it’s inevitable that you’ll have a higher accident rate.

Do you live in one of these states? Do you think the driving is really that bad?

Mick Doohan Gives Motorcycle Safety Tips [Video]

mick_doohan_safetyWhen the Motorcycle Accident Commission chose a new spokesman for its motorcycle safety campaign, they chose one of the most trusted riders in the business. Mick Doohan. Doohan will be working with the MAC to promote safety and educate riders about good motorcycle riding habits.

“Almost 50% of motorcycle crashes occur at intersections and in the majority of cases they involve another vehicle,” said MAC General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Ben Tuffnell. “The major cause is failing to give way, usually the result of a driver not seeing the motorcyclist, and misjudging the riders speed. A common crash at an intersection is when a car driver is turning right across the path of an on-coming motorcyclist.

“Road safety happens through the deliberate efforts of many individuals and many sectors of society – government and non-government alike. Every one of us has a role to play. A reduction in road trauma is only possible through mutual respect and a shared responsibility between motorcyclists and drivers. Our previous campaigns have been well received, due in part to being delivered by a respected spokesperson whose experience and expertise is held in high regard.

“That’s why we’ve again involved Mick Doohan as an ambassador to ensure motorcyclists sit-up and take notice of the campaign’s important safety messages.

Doohan jumped right into his role as safety ambassador and has given a few tips for riders to stay safe on the rode.

Here are some safety tips from Mick Doohan.

  • “Always use the two-second rule between you and the vehicle in front. If something goes wrong you need time to react and get yourself out of trouble.”
  • “Other vehicles won’t expect you to have squirted into a space next to them that was empty seconds before. Assume every vehicle you’re next to doesn’t know you’re there.”
  • “With small mirrors and helmets, blind spots are a big problem for riders. Always check over your shoulder – especially when changing lanes or turning in and out of side streets.”
  • “Assume you’re invisible! Ride as if every driver, cyclist and pedestrian can’t see you.”
  • “When approaching an intersection or riding in busy traffic, it’s worth covering the front brake. That way you can stop a lot quicker if you have to.”

Here’s a video from Mick Doohan and the Motorcycle Accident Commission.

Always wear proper motorcycle riding gear

Proper Riding GearIt’s officially riding season, and bikers are out in full force enjoying the warm weather. Motorcyclists should always wear the proper riding gear, from a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to boots and pants made of thick material.



Wear the Proper Motorcycle Riding Gear

Wearing the proper riding gear can reduce your risk of a motorcycle accident and protect you from distractions like bugs, heat from your bike, debris on the road, and even weather.

Always Wear a Helmet

Statistics show wearing a DOT-approved helmet greatly increases your chance of survival in the event of a motorcycle accident. Your helmet should fit comfortably (never loose) and not impair your hearing or vision. High-quality helmets are made of fiberglass or a plastic blend, and they are lighter and absorb impact better than less expensive ones.

Along with wearing a helmet, motorcyclists should wear protective eye-wear – either a helmet with a shield, a pair of goggles, or shatterproof glasses. Make sure your eye protection is clean and unscratched, and if your lenses are tinted for riding in the sun, have some that are clear for night riding.

It’s also a good idea to wear disposable foam plugs or custom earplugs to protect your ears.

Protect Your Body While Riding

You’ve probably seen riders with t-shirts, shorts, and maybe even flip-flops. But the truth is that you should protect your body as much as possible while riding. Doing so will keep raindrops from pelting you, prevent heat from the motorcycle scalding your legs, etc.

Jackets should be made of sturdy material like denim, nylon, or leather – many have zippered vents that make them comfortable to wear year-round, even in warm weather. Pants should be made of thick material to resist abrasion. You should also wear gloves to prevent injury to your hands or fingers, which are crucial in maintaining control of your motorcycle.

Always wear close-toed shoes. Boots are best, because they protect your ankles. Make sure you buy boots with rubber soles and good tread design so your feet don’t slip.

Wear High Visibility Gear While Riding at Night

Even with headlights and tail lights, you should always wear gear that makes you clearly visible to other drivers. Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing, or you can put reflective strips on your helmet and the backs of your boots.

It’s always better to use extra caution and do everything in your power to make yourself visible to other motorists.

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What to do after a motorcycle accident

Steps after an accidentMotorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and the moments after are usually confusing and stressful. You may have many questions: What do you do? Who should you talk to? Who pays your medical bills? How do you protect your legal rights?



Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

  • Call 911. The most important thing to do after a motorcycle accident is get medical attention for both yourself and anyone else involved. (Keeping a ‘just in case’ card can help emergency personnel treat you and others quickly and correctly.)
  • Give an accident report. When the police arrive, make sure you report the details of the accident on paper. Remember, don’t talk to anyone besides a police officer about the accident, and don’t admit fault.
  • Preserve evidence. If you can, take photos and video of the scene of the accident, including damage to your bike and any injuries that resulted from the collision. Use your phone, or consider keeping a disposable camera in a storage compartment so you’re prepared.
  • Trade insurance information. Remember to get the following information from others involved in the accident:
    • Make, model, year, license plate number, and VIN from the other vehicles
    • Name, address, birth date, phone number, license number, and insurance information from the other driver(s) and passengers
  • Identify witnesses. If anyone saw the accident happen, ask them for their names and contact info.
  • Contact your insurance company. Notify them of your motorcycle accident and pass along information you collected from other drivers and passengers. Never give a recorded statement or detailed description. It could be used against you. Always be careful what you say to insurance companies – even when it’s your own insurance company.
  • Contact an attorney. Once you’ve done everything you can to protect yourself and your legal rights after the accident, contact a lawyer. Many times you can receive much more money from a claim or settlement if you hire an attorney to represent you.

For more information on motorcycle accidents and tips on protecting your legal rights, you can visit my law firm’s website at

The Dos and Don’ts of Riding: Road Signs

motorcycle_road_signYou’re driving down the highway, faster than you should be, when you see a sign urging “caution – sharp left turn – 45 mph speed limit.” You think to yourself “finally, some curves to this boring road,” and you pull back the throttle. The turn comes, you lean in, and soon you realize “crap, they really meant slow down.”

Now your bike is sliding down the road, sparks are flying off the pavement as the asphalt eats your shiny chrome. Your crapping your pants as a hole is ripped into your leather jacket (and likely your skin), all because you saw “fun left turn” instead of caution.

Now I’m not saying that you should keep your bike over in the slow lane and never experience what it feels like to rip back the throttle. What I am saying is that they put up road signs for a reason. Whether it’s a sharp turn, gravel, a grated bridge, or a moose crossing. Those signs are there for one reason or another. Simply keeping your eyes open and being aware of your surroundings will keep you a lot safer on the road.

So don’t ignore road signs. You can choose just how much you won’t to follow the directions, but keep in mind that road signs aren’t just frivolous pieces of metal. They do serve a purpose. Actually, they serve lots of purposes. Check out this online quiz and see just how well you know your road signs.

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