Motorcycle Safety Month
Motorcycle Safety Month is in full swing from May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017. During this month agencies and organizations across the nation are joining efforts to not only remind drivers to “Share the Road” with motorcyclists, but to educate motorcycle drivers with tips to stay safe.
Since motorcyclists lack any type of protective covering on their vehicle, they are more likely to suffer from fatal or severe injuries when they are involved in a vehicle accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2014 fatal crash data.”
Recent Motorcycle Accidents
In New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a motorcyclist was killed after being struck from behind by a pick-up truck. According to reports, the motorcyclist had slowed down to make a right hand turn when, for unknown reasons, the driver of the pick-up truck failed to slow down and rear-ended his motorcycle. In April 2017, a motorcyclist died and his passenger was critically injured after colliding with another vehicle in Batavia, Illinois. On Thursday April 27, 2017, a female motorcycle passenger died after she was ejected from the motorcycle and then struck by at least one car in a suspected DUI crash in Encino, Los Angeles, California.
According to recent crash data, in 2015, 606 people died and 9,045 were injured in motorcycle crashes on Florida roads. During the month of May drivers and motorcyclists are encouraged to learn safety tips to follow throughout the year in efforts to help reduce motorcycle accident tragedies.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Share the Road – Motorcyclists have the same privileges as a motor vehicle. Respect motorcyclists and give them ample space.
- Watch and Listen – Look twice and listen for motorcyclists when changing lanes.
- Leave Space – Don’t tailgate. Leave plenty of space between you and the motorcycle to allow sufficient time to stop or maneuver.
- Don’t Drive Distracted – Keep your attention on the road.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
- Wear Safety Gear – Use a helmet that meets DOT compliance standards, wear closed toed footwear, protective eye wear and protective clothing.
- Be Seen – Make sure your headlights, marker and taillights are functioning properly and that you use them at dusk, dawn and during inclement weather.
- Use Judgement – Use your turn signals and avoid weaving through the traffic while riding.
- Training – Become a safer motorcyclist by completing a motorcycle safety course. For other helpful information visit 10 Most Common Causes for Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them by RideApart.
Legal Help for Motorcycle Accident Victims
Motorcycle accidents can result in life altering injuries. If you or someone you love has been victim of a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to call the attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz for legal representation. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and more. Contact us today to set up a free consultation and begin discussing your case. Justice Starts Now.