The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made the month of May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in hopes of raising awareness of the risk bikers face on roads across the United States. In 2014 alone, 4,586 motorcyclists died in crashes while another 92,000 suffered injuries.
The goal of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is to spread the word about safe riding practices for bikers and sharing the road with motorcyclists and other motorists. The hope is that, with the right education for drivers and bikers alike, the number of injury and fatality crashes involving motorcycles will decrease.
What is the message for motorists?
Motorists play a key role in ensuring bikers remain safe on our nation’s highways. By preparing for the likely influx of bikers and always being alert, they can help reduce the risk of collisions.
In addition to being alert at all times, drivers should always look twice before turning left through an intersection; left-turn motorcycle accidents accounted for 41 percent of fatal crashes in 2012, according to the NHTSA.
Motorists can also learn about motorcycle riding practices as well as common hand signals, to ensure that the motorist can know the biker’s next move instead of being caught off guard.
What does the campaign hope to teach motorcyclists?
The campaign hopes to promote a culture of sober riding. Because riding a motorcycle requires careful coordination and balance, even a small amount of alcohol can affect a biker’s ability to ride safely. While drinking and driving is a problem among motorists and motorcyclists alike, the statistics show that intoxicated bikers are more likely to die in a drunk driving accident than their car-driving counterparts.
The NHTSA also hopes to get more bikers to wear their helmet. According to the NHTSA, only about 60 percent of all motorcyclists wore appropriate, DOT-approved helmets in 2013. This number remains unchanged from previous years.
Riders should always wear a helmet and always ride sober. Be sure to check out our blog for more safety tips.
What if I have already suffered motorcycle accident injuries?
The Toledo motorcycle accident attorneys at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. know that even the safest riders can be involved in an accident. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve if you suffered injuries in a crash.
Contact us today at 419-843-6663 to learn more about your legal options based on the specific details of your case.