Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Millions of Americans ride motorcycles. Unfortunately, they tend to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. 15% of all traffic fatalities in 2022 were motorcyclists. Even worse, this number is on the rise—the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that it’s the highest number of motorcyclists killed since 1975 or before. What can be done to prevent these deaths?

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, offering an important reminder to everyone of the importance of sharing the road and staying alert.

Understand the Safety Challenges

Both drivers and motorcyclists will be safer sharing the road when considering the safety challenges motorcycles present. Motorcycles are smaller than cars, which can sometimes make motorcycle visibility difficult for drivers. Lack of awareness of downshifting, weaving, and other motorcycle riding practices can present challenges for automobile drivers.

As a driver, be on the lookout for motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians, and obstacles. Staying alert and aware of your surroundings can help you react quickly to prevent a potential collision. As a motorcyclist, make yourself visible and wear a DOT-compliant motorcycle helmet to protect yourself. Whether you’re driving a vehicle or a motorcycle, always drive sober.

Know the local traffic laws and avoid risks. Obey speed limits, lane markings, and traffic lights and signs. Keep plenty of space between your motorcycle and other vehicles. Check behind you and signal before changing lanes.

Be Prepared

To operate a motorcycle, you need to pass tests administered by the state licensing agency to get a motorcycle license endorsement to supplement your automobile driver’s license. You can take a motorcycle rider training course to make sure you get the correct experience. 35% of the motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in 2022 were riding without valid motorcycle licenses. Taking the time to learn, review, and follow motorcycle safety standards prevents injuries and deaths.

Because motorcycle handling and responsiveness varies, make sure you know how to handle a variety of conditions, such as inclement weather and potholes.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.