The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared May of 2015 to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. “Share The Road” is the theme for this month, as many motorcycle accidents happen because other vehicles do not see motorcyclists in time to avoid a collision. However, sharing is a two-way street, and motorcyclists have been asked to make themselves more visible to other vehicles.
NHTSA statistics show that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die after an accident than car occupants are, meaning everyone on the road should take motorcycle safety very seriously.
So what can car and truck drivers do to help motorcyclists stay safe? Drivers should always be on the lookout for motorcycles and give motorcyclists plenty of room to maneuver. Motorists should check blind spots before changing lanes and properly signal. Put down your phone, since distracted driving has become a major cause of accidents around the country. It is difficult to spot motorcyclists, making it more difficult puts lives in danger.
Motorcyclists can stay more visible by wearing bright or reflective clothing, watching for poor roadway conditions such as potholes and taking motorcycle safety courses. Motorcyclists should assume that other vehicles cannot see them.
Throughout May, we will continue to update our readers on Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Metier Law Firm wishes all motorcyclists a safe ride!
Metier Law Firm – Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving Clients Nationwide