May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and motorists are reminded that they must “share the road” with motorcycles. It is imperative for all motorists to be alert and mindful of motorcycles on the roadway, as a lot of accidents with motorcycles are caused by other motorists that fail to see the motorcyclist.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist fatalities have increased and accounted for 15% of the total fatalities for the year in 2012. This increase has been a trend over the past 15 years and is very concerning.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
In order to prevent accidents and keep motorcyclists safe, it is imperative for the motorcyclists to practice safe riding and for all other motorists to be aware of motorcyclists on the roadway. The NHTSA has shared talking points for Motorcycle Awareness Month and our law office would like to share these, as we believe spreading awareness will help to reduce the number of fatal accidents.
Below are the NHTSA talking points for Motorcycle Awareness Month:
- Road users should never drive, bike, or walk while distracted. Doing so can result in tragic consequences for everyone on the road, including motorcyclists.
- A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
- Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely.
- Because motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance.
- Size also counts against motorcycles when it comes to blind spots. Motorcyclists can be easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
- Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle—it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
- Allow more distance – three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change speed or adjust lane position to avoid hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.
Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio
If you or your loved one has suffered in a motorcycle accident due to the fault of another individual, we urge you to contact a motorcycle accident attorney to help you seek justice. The attorneys at our office have helped countless motorcycle accident victims to receive the compensation that they deserve for the pain and suffering caused by such accidents.
Call 800.637.8170 to speak to an attorney today. You can also request a free copy of The Ohio Motorcycle Accident Book that will serve as a resource for answers regarding your motorcycle accident claim. You can also order the book online for free.