Riding a motorcycle can be inherently dangerous. A rider's body is exposed to the elements. A motorcycle's light weight allows it to accelerate and decelerate rapidly. A motrcycle's two wheels do not provide the same stability as the four wheels of a car. A motorcycle's thin profile and agility can provide a false sense of security to it's rider.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers a "Tip of the Day" to help riders operate their motorcycles as safely as possible. Two recent tips of the day dealt with motorcycle passengers. The first was that passengers add weight and affect handling. The tipster added that cyclists should adjust their suspension and tire pressure according to their owner's manual when a passenger has added weight to the motorcycle's load. The second tip about passengers was that the passenger should hold on to the driver's waist or hips, or the motorcycle's hand holds. Any other placement of the passenger's hands could be dangerous.
If you're out on your motorcycle, make sure to operate your bike in as safe a manner as possible. If you have suffered a personal injury on a motorcycle, contact Givens Givens Sparks for a free case evaluation.