May is Motorcycle safety awareness month and we want to remind everyone the importance of sharing the road properly with motor cyclists and safety tips for those motorcycle drivers.
Thankfully, “The number of motorcyclists killed in crashes dropped to 5,172 in 2017, a 3% decrease”, however we want to keep the number on the decrease.
Here are the top tips shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on motorcyclists staying safe:
Ensure you have a proper motorcycle license
Practice riding your vehicle before taking it out into traffic
Check your vehicles brakes, tire pressure, lights and fluid before riding.
Wear a helmet that meets the U.S Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. This can be checked by looking for the DOT symbol located on the back of the helmet.
Obey traffic laws and ride cautiously.
ONLY RIDE SOBER.
Those who are in the vehicle driving near motorcyclists need to be alert and aware. Sharing the road with all vehicles is important.
“Motorcycle crashes involving another motor vehicle continue to account for nearly half of all motorcyclist fatalities in the United States. Motorcyclists are inherently at more risk than motor vehicles because they lack many of the same safety features of automobiles. From a statistical perspective, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than other motorists.”
So, let’s all do our part to keep motorcyclists safe on the road!
If you have recently had an incident involving a motorcycle accident contact Glisson Law at (618) 462-1077 for a free consultation.