NHTSA on Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their safety campaign for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Throughout the Month of May, the NHTSA will be promoting motorcycle safety through various media outlets. This year, important topics like motorist awareness of motorcycles, riding sober and sharing the road will all be included in the discussion. While motorcycle riders can certainly do things to improve their own safety like wearing a helmet and practicing safe riding habits, they’re truly at the mercy of the motorists they share the road with, so the NHTSA wants drivers to “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles.”
Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles
Not all drivers understand the differences between riding a motorcycle and driving a car. Motorcycles can’t stop on a dime, and they can’t be as easily maneuvered around roadway hazards. Most importantly, motorists are being asked to drive safely and cautiously around motorcycles. Motorcycles are smaller than passenger cars and light trucks, so drivers need to remain vigilant. In addition to keeping an eye on their blind spots, drivers should never tailgate motorcycles. Also, motor vehicle drivers should always look twice before pulling onto a roadway. A motorcycle may not be able to stop or drive around you safely if you pull out in front of it.
U.S. Motorcycle Crash Facts
- In 2016, thee were 5,337 motorcycle riders killed in U.S. crashes.
- In 2017, there were 5,172 motorcyclists killed in crashes in the U.S.
- Per vehicle mile traveled in 2017, motorcyclist fatalities happened almost 27 times more often than passenger car occupant deaths in crashes.
- Helmets saved an estimated 1,872 motorcyclists’ lives in 2017.
- In states without universal helmet laws, 57 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2017 were not wearing helmets, as compared with eight percent in states with universal helmet laws.
Motorcycle Accidents in San Diego
Motorcycle riders remain one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in California and across the nation. During the Month of May, make sure you’re Up to Speed on Motorcycle Safety.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.