Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Although motorcycle safety awareness is typically a spring and early summertime topic, it’s an important subject year round. Riders in California have the luxury of four-season riding weather, so it’s important to remind riders and drivers of important precautions and strategies to keep roadways safe for everybody. Motorcyclists can improve their own personal safety by wearing helmets and other safety gear and by riding safely and defensively. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also encouraging drivers to “Share the Road” with motorcycles and other roadway users.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics
- 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2013.
- An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2013.
- In 2013, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger occupant fatalities in traffic crashes.
- The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,630 motorcyclists’ lives in 2013.
What Does “Share the Road” Mean?
Everybody’s heard about the “Share the Road” campaign, but what does it really mean to motorists and motorcycle riders? For riders, it means safely sharing the road with other drivers and roadway users. It means riding predictably and being seen. For motorists, “Share the Road” means putting down the distractions and paying better attention to their surroundings. Motorcycles are smaller than cars and other passenger vehicles. Frequently, we hear that drivers didn’t even see a motorcyclist prior to hitting him or her. Listed below are a few safety tips form the NHTSA.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
- Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
- Road users should never ride, bike, drive or walk while distracted.
- Drivers should allow motorcyclists a full lane width in the roadway.
- Always signal intentions before changing lanes or merging into traffic.
After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. Even if you have good insurance coverage and the accident was clearly another person’s fault, it’s good to have a professional in your corner. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with and well known for denying and delaying legitimate claims.