Factors such as speed, not wearing helmets, and riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs contribute to the rising trend of injuries and fatalities involving two wheeler vehicles.
There are several reasons why riders and passengers of two wheelers are at greater risk on the road than drivers and passengers of other vehicles.
Two Wheeler Risk Factors
- Two wheelers take up less space on the road and are therefore less visible
- They can easily be hidden in other drivers’ blind spots
- They have less protection in the event of a collision
- They are more likely to be thrown from their vehicle in the event of a collision – and therefore at greater risk of being run over by another vehicle
Additionally, two wheeler riders face even greater danger if they take risks such as:
- Passing vehicles in the same lane
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Carrying passengers without having the right experience and knowledge
- Carrying unsafe loads
- Failing to wear bright and protective clothing