May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
As the summer months approach, the roads see an increase in motorcycle traffic. Unfortunately, motorcyclists continue to fall victim to accidents from negligent drivers who fail to uphold necessary safety standards. According to the National Safety Council, over 5,172 motorcyclists and passengers died in crashes in 2017. These numbers are frighteningly high and this is due, in part, to the carelessness of vehicle motorists who do not share the road as they should.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched the “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” campaign to help educate drivers on how to successfully and safely navigate the road alongside motorcyclists. It strongly recommends the following safety tips to prevent crashes, including but not limited to:
- Safety gear will save your life. The NHTSA estimates 740 fatalities could have been prevented in 2015 if the riders had been wearing helmets.
- Never drink and ride.
- Wear bright, reflective, and durable clothing.
- Beware of unsafe weather conditions or a lack of visibility at night.
- Stay out of a car’s blind spot as much as possible. Assume you are invisible and drive defensively.
Riders are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed in the event of a collision than drivers in a car, truck, or van. This makes the very nature of riding a motorcycle a riskier choice of transportation, a reality most riders are highly aware of. Though you may do everything possible to ride safely, you cannot prevent the misconduct or recklessness of others on the road.
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