Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
If you own a motorcycle, you’ve probably heard this statistic: People on motorcycles are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than other types of motorists. That’s an unsettling fact, to say the least, especially for those who regularly ride motorcycles or have loved ones that own motorcycles.
Keeping motorcyclists safe requires the efforts of everyone on our roads, not just bikers. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and it is the perfect opportunity for all motorists to review how we might reduce the number of fatalities and injuries suffered by motorcyclists. First, let’s look at how serious the problem is in Texas:
- In 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 459 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in Texas.
- More than half were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
- 1,887 people suffered incapacitating injuries.
- In 2014, 43% of motorcyclists who died in single-vehicle crashes were under the influence of alcohol.
Staying Safe on Motorcycles
Most motorcyclists are well-versed in safety, but it never hurts to review the precautions you should be taking.
- Have your motorcycle inspected regularly to make sure that it is safe for you and your passengers. Check handlebars, pedals, brakes, lights, wheels, tires, cables, tubes, and fluids, and keep an eye out for any alerts provided through your instrument panel.
- Always wear protective gear and ask the same of your passengers. That gear includes helmets, protective eyewear, gloves, jackets, pants, or a full motorcycle suit.
- Know the weather before taking to the road, and dress accordingly.
- Practice defensive driving techniques. Consider taking motorcycling safety courses to increase your knowledge.
- Always follow the rules of the road, and never ride after drinking alcohol.
Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists
All of us can do our part to create a safer road environment for motorcyclists. Always leave plenty of space between your vehicle and a motorcyclist. Keep in mind that motorcycles aren’t always as visible as other vehicles, especially in your blind spots. Assume that motorcycles are closer than they appear, particularly at intersections. It can be difficult for a driver to accurately assess the distance and speed of a motorcycle at first glance.
Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious injuries in a crash. When a biker or their passenger is hurt, it is often a severe or fatal injury. These injuries might include several broken bones, severe head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal damage. Because motorcyclists don’t have the same structural protection that other motorists have, they also suffer significantly higher fatality rates in crashes.
All of us can be mindful of how easily a crash can impact motorcyclists and adjust our driving habits accordingly. Never crowd a motorcyclist, and always make sure to give them a full lane to drive in. Bikers are typically courteous, safe drivers. Let’s make sure that they are given the space and respect they deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to learn more about your legal options. We represent people that have been injured due to the negligence of others, and our experienced team fights to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
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