Being aware of other drivers on the road should always be one of the top priorities for any motorist, but fatal motorcycle accidents have been on the rise sense the 1980s. Because of this rise, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has deemed May, National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Multiple states have taken measures to increase motorcycle awareness by posting motorcycle messages via posters, billboards, and radio and TV commercials.
The messages call for motorists to be aware of all vehicles around them, especially motorcycles, and to drive in a defensive manner. Some tips issued from the NHTSA for drivers were to give motorcyclists a full lane, stay behind a motorcycle by 3 or 4 seconds, and to remain alert and double check for motorcycles, especially before making a left hand turn. Some tips issued to motorcyclist were to always wear proper safety gear, be visible; wear proper clothing or reflective decals, and give yourself time to react. Multiple motorcycle rallies have been held to help increase awareness as well. In Austin, Texas, the Austin Patriot Guard Riders as well as some riders with the Austin Police Department held a ride through downtown, trading in their usual American flags for flags that read “Look Twice”.
Motorcycle awareness is a serious issue, as more than half of motorcycle accidents are caused by an unaware motorist. Too often are people injured or killed by a distracted driver. If this is something you or a loved one has had to suffer through, then please call our national accident attorney today at (866) 377-3800. Let us help you through this difficult time.
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