Summer is almost here, and along with the vacations, cookouts and other fun activities comes an increase in driving. While that means more cars and SUVs hauling families to their next destination, it also means more motorcyclists will hit the road, eager to enjoy the nice weather from the saddle.
In 2017 (the most recent data available), 5,172 motorcyclists were killed on the U.S. roads, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That means motorcycle deaths accounted for nearly 14 percent of the 37,133 motor vehicle fatalities in America in 2017. And, according to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash.
That is why May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. During this month, as the summer riding season gears up, everyone should drive with heightened awareness. The month also serves to remind motorcycle drivers and riders to drive safely and wear appropriate clothing and protection.
Texas is one of the most popular states for motorcycles
Motorcycle safety practices are crucial everywhere, and certainly in a state like Texas. Why? Because according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there are nearly 387,000 registered motorcycles in Texas. That’s the fourth most of any state (only California, Florida and Pennsylvania have more).
Safety tips for motorcyclists
We encourage motorcyclists to review these quick tips to help cut down on the chances of being injured in a motorcycle accident:
- Be sure your helmet is DOT-compliant and make sure you wear it at all times.
- Make sure your motorcycle isn’t too big or heavy for you to handle.
- Wear gloves, riding pants and other appropriate clothes to protect skin in the event of a crash.
- Drive defensively and stay within the speed limit.
- Position yourself where you can be easily seen and avoid spending time in other drivers’ blind spots.
Safety tips for car and truck drivers
Motorcycle safety isn’t just about motorcyclists. All drivers of all vehicles can help keep roads safer by following these tips:
- Always look repeatedly before changing lanes – motorcycles are hard to see and can be hidden in blind spots.
- Increase following distance when behind a motorcycle – it gives bikers more room to maneuver in an emergency.
- Drive with the speed of traffic. It helps prevent congestion and helps ease the need for motorcyclists to constantly adjust their speed.
Were you hurt in a motorcycle accident?
Whether you were driving a motorcycle or a car and you were injured in a collision, you may be entitled to compensation. The Dallas law firm of Ted B. Lyon & Associates is ready to meet you and evaluate your potential claim. You are welcome to contact us anytime to discuss your situation.