Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets aside the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This year is no different as the NHTSA sheds light on the dangers that motorcyclists face and what all motorists should consider to avoiding a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is not only for motorcyclists. It is designed to encourage all motorists, no matter the type of vehicle they drive, to “share the road” with each other.
A lack of respect can prove fatal
Let’s face it—motorcyclists are at risk every time they hit the roadways. Here is a look at some of the statistics concerning fatalities among motorcyclists:
- In 2010, 4,502 motorcyclists lost their lives.
- Motorcycle deaths accounted for 14 percent of total fatalities in the same year.
- Of those killed in 2010, 42 percent of fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing helmets.
- In the same year, 51 percent of those killed as a motorcycle passenger were not wearing a helmet.
Understanding the NHTSA’s “Share the Road” language
All local, state, and national organizations are encouraged to use the “Share the Road” model. Key components include:
- Whether you are driving, bicycling or walking, utilizing the roadways distracted can prove fatal to a motorcyclist.
- All motorists should understand that a motorcycle reserves the same rights and privileges that any other vehicle would on the roadway.
- A motorcycle should be given a full lane width to operate.
- A motorcyclist should be given more following distance. Giving a motorcyclist three to four seconds when following will allow them to safely react to road conditions, such as potholes, gravel, railroad crossings, and wet surfaces.
You are at the mercy of those you share the Pennsylvania roadways with
It’s doubtful that the majority of those you share the roadways with are aware that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Their actions can result in you or a loved one being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you hold them liable for your damages.
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