May is National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month

The National Safety Council has declared May to be “National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.” In the words of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, “Louisiana citizens recognize the fact that all licensed vehicle operators have the same rights and privileges on our roads and highways, and all motorists should be aware of their surroundings while driving.” To that end, organizations like the American Motorcyclist Association and the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration use this month to promote safety tips to conventional drivers and motorcyclists alike.

Motorcycle registrations in Colorado have increased dramatically in recent years, which unfortunately means that motorcycle fatalities have increased as well.  Bikers face a lot more danger on the roads than conventional drivers, due to the fact that their vehicles are smaller and therefore less visible, they have less protective gear and they are more susceptible to bad road conditions. A motorcyclist is roughly 30 times more likely to die in a crash than someone driving a car.  The Department of Transportation wants to make sure that all motorcyclists on the road know how to ride responsibly, and how to protect themselves.

How Can I Be Safer On The Road?

In order to share the road responsibly, it is important for both parties to travel at a safe speed, be aware of other vehicles on the road, and avoid alcohol or other substances that can impair your judgment. Some quick tips to help protect the bikers in your neighborhood are:

  • Always allow more distance while following a motorcycle.
  • Be extra cautious at intersections. Most crashes occur when a motorist fails to see a bike making a turn.
  • Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Both cars and motorcycles should have a full lane for room to maneuver.

How Can I Get More Information About Motorcycle Laws?

Traveling as a motorcyclist can be dangerous. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, we have motorcycle attorneys fluent in the law to help you and your loved ones make plans in the future. Please feel free to call us and discuss your options.