The heat is rising and so is the number of motorcyclists on the road. Because of this, May is the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The safety of motorcyclists relies not only on themselves but also on others on the road. It is important for all drivers to stay alert. According to The National Safety Council, “4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes and nonfatal injuries that year totaled 88,000”.
“Motorcyclists make up only 3% of registered vehicles yet account for 13% of traffic fatalities in 2016”. Around half of motorcycle rider deaths take place in accidents involving solely the motorcyclist. It is important that the riders:
• Never drink and ride
• Complete a formal riding education program
• Be fully awake
• Drive defensively
Four wheeled vehicles hold a large responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe as well. As a driver, it is common to not think of motorcyclists and many accidents can be caused simply because a motorcycle is smaller in size and may be in a driver’s blind spot. It is critically important for drivers to stay tuned in when driving near one. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure other drivers are aware of your presence on the road as a motorcyclist.
• Use headlights at all times
• Do not weave in and out of lanes
• Drive the speed limit
• Position your vehicle to increase visibility
• Wear visible clothing
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death”. This statistic alone shows how crucial protective gear is:
• Wear a full coverage helmet
• Make sure your helmet is DOT certified which guarantees safety standards are met
• Ensure your bike is the right size for you
• Wear boots and gloves
We hope that awareness for motorcycling safety and tips like these diminish the amount of motorcycle accidents and the injuries/death rates that accompany them.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident do not hesitate to contact WWF&G at 618.462.1077 for a free consultation. WWF&G has handled many motorcycle cases that may be very similar to yours.
Ride safe! Your life may depend on it!