Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May starts off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a program backed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Spring is here. Riders are hitting the roads, interstates, and highways, and this should be a reminder to all drivers to be watchful because motorcycles are sharing the road.
In the year 2012 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is a 7 percent increase from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2012.
Motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility. Car drivers need to be attentive and look for motorcycles. But, they can be more difficult to see, act differently, and are exceedingly more susceptible to road dangers and impacts. Things like utilizing turn signals, checking blind spots, using mirrors and turning to look before changing lanes can all help prevent accidents.
Riders also need to aware that they are undeniably at risk while riding. To help reduce dangers riders should keep in mind the following; always stay aware of your environment and the situation, stay visible, give ample following distances, DOT-compliant helmet, wear bright-colored clothing and avoid car blind spots will make a difference.
Possible Causes of Automobile / Motorcycle Accident
- Not utilizing a turn signal;
- Poor weather conditions;
- Ignoring traffic conditions;
- Vehicle defects;
- Lane splitting, i.e. a motorcyclist drives between two lanes;
- Not seeing a motorcyclist due to glare or other view obstructions;
- Driving on the incorrect side of the road;
- Disobeying speed limits
- Ignoring traffic signs;
- Inexperienced motorists;
- Driving while under the influence of drugs;
- Roadway defects;
- Intentional hostile actions
Let’s keep extra alert and keep motorcyclists safe.
Anyone that has been involved in the crash should consult an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can carefully weigh their legal options for them. Discussing your legal options with an attorney will help you have the information that you need to make an informed decision.
The attorneys at Needham, Kepner & Fish LLP offer a free consultation for this purpose. Call us today at 408-956-6949 to set up an appointment. Proudly representing accident victims including motorcycle accidents, in Silicon Valley, Sacramento & the Bay Area.