Did you know that July was Women's Motorcycle Month? 

In fact, there are now more women riders than ever with an estimated 4.3 million women motorcyclists on the road today. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation reports that women make up nearly 30 percent of students in its Basic RiderCourse program. However, despite many female riders taking proper safety measures, accidents still occur.  

In light of this, personal injury attorney and NBTA member Matt Powell is raising awareness of motorcycle accidents and measures to take if involved in an accident.

"Motorcycle riders, despite their gender, are 16 times more likely, per mile, to die than those in cars if involved in an accident," said Matt, who has been handling personal injury cases for 26 years. "In fact, I have seen more clients come in from motorcycle accidents over the last year than ever before."

In order to prevent injury or death, Powell stresses motorcycle riders, both men and women, take a safety and/or rider-training course, such as those provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and of course always wear a helmet. However, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is escape immediate danger, if possible.

"The scene of a motorcycle accident is a dangerous one, since nearly 62 percent of wrecks involve fuel leaks and spills," said Powell. "Therefore, your first step should be to distance yourself from any fire hazard, and then get away from any other vehicular traffic."

If injured in a motorcycle crash, Powell adds, you should be taken to an emergency room for prompt medical care. As head and chest injuries are among the primary causes of death in motorcycle accidents, accident victims should undergo examination by doctors and obtain necessary diagnostic tests (like X-rays and MRIs) without delay. Matt also stresses that riders report the accident.

"Unless you are transported from the scene by ambulance, call the police and report the crash. A police report will document the facts of the wreck and will identify the parties involved, along with any witnesses," said Powell. "All too often, a motorcycle accident is blamed on the rider of the bike, which makes it critical that you protect yourself early on."

For more information concerning personal injury law, or for a consultation, please call Matt Powell at 813-222-2222.