May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
The month of May has been dubbed, “National Motorcycle Awareness Month,” and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has done a great job educating drivers and other motorists about motorcycle safety and how to properly share the road with motorcyclists. Although it can be an exciting and exhilarating past time, motorcycling can be very dangerous; especially on congested highways first and then in rural areas.
In addition to taking safety precautions as a driver, there are many things motorcyclists can do to help avoid getting into an accident such as, being aware, watching blind spots, allowing more distance between them and a vehicles, etc. But, in addition to these things, there are more specific things motorcyclists can be aware of, based on the events that cause the most motorcycle accidents, to help avoid getting into an accident.
According to the “Hurt Study Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures” report conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) (with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), “Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.”: Motorcyclists should be aware of this fact and use extra caution when riding through intersections. They should be sure to be visible and communicate intentions clearly.
“The motorcycle riders involved in accidents are essentially without training; 92% were self-taught or learned from family or friends. Motorcycle rider training experience reduces accident involvement and is related to reduced injuries in the event of accidents.” It is important for riders to get formal training. States offer motorcycle courses to accommodate every level of rider. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is a great resource for beginner riders; they also offer advanced courses.
“Almost half of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement.” Drinking and driving is wrong; no matter what you are driving.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the experienced team of lawyers at Martin, Harding and Mazzotti LLP may be able to help. Click here or call us at 1-800-LAW-1010 (800-529-1010).