As the average cost of cars and trucks continues to rise many people are seeking out other options such as two wheeled motor bicycles. These smaller vehicles allow people to quickly navigate tight lane spaces and run on smaller engines that use less gas. Some new models are even applying battery technology to further combat climate change and solve emissions issues. While these machines may be increasingly popular, it is important to realize the dangers they can impose on operators and bystanders nearby. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for conducting studies that provide detailed insight to the true dangers of motor vehicles of all sorts. Their work and the work of other organizations who dedicate themselves to prevention efforts is crucial to the future safety of all civilians.

Vehicular accidents pose a great threat to the everyday safety of people all around the globe. Specifically, in the United States, accidents involving motorized vehicles are claiming millions of lives every year. Motorcycles have continuously proven to be dangerous choices for transportation. Their sheer design is provocative of danger. The culture that surrounds them is fed by high adrenaline and confidence. The NHTSA concluded, in their studies, that “4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes” during 2015. Each motorcycle rider knows the dangers of entering the road while onboard, but rarely do they consider the possibility of tragedy striking near them. These vehicles, if they wish to continue existing in the future, must be redesigned to provide safety features that can adequately weaken the impact of an accident. Technology thrives when it answers the call to our most serious of issues. Thousands of lives being taken every year should be a sufficient call for innovation. In an accident that took place in Sacramento, California, a rider and passenger were both killed due to extreme injuries after being thrown off the cycle. Both the driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. These types of sorrowful accidents could usually result in family members of the victim seeking counsel for proper guidance in their next steps. Looking forward, it is important that we remember these horrible incidents, as a species, we can rise above this epidemic.

Work is being done around the country to bridge the gap between motorcycle functionality and safety in relation to the surroundings of the road. Organizations at the regional and national level who are spearheading much of the work will hopefully see success in all their endeavors. There is no more noble work than that which can protect the lives of future citizens. Considering the steadiness in motorcycle popularity, this is crucial. In a society where there are nearly 8.6 million motorcycles on the road, there must be adequate protections for each rider.

To conclude, the motorcycle is a technological invention that continues to serve members of the global population by taking them from destination to destination. They are smaller than cars and thanks to future technologies are becoming more ecologically friendly as well. The future seems to have a place saved for motorcycles in our choices for transportation. We can only honor this space if they provide competent safety measures for our future generations.

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