Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Brings Opportunity to Help Motorists Avoid Accidents

In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclists were killed on the road, with another 88,000 non-fatal injuries resulting from auto accidents, according to the National Safety Council. Many of these accidents could have been avoided with awareness and proper knowledge about sharing the road.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To keep these shocking stats from continuing to rise, here are a few tips to remember when you’re behind the wheel:

  • Anticipate – Always be prepared for anything, especially when you are driving at top speeds.
  • Do not drive distracted – Texting, changing the radio, eating and putting on make-up can all wait until you are parked or come to a complete stop.
  • Check your blind spots – Motorcycles are clearly smaller than cars. Always check before changing lanes.

Motorcyclists can help reduce the change of injury during an accident as well:

  • Always remember to wear protective gear – A helmet, goggles, and reflective clothing can save your life.
  • Drive responsibly – Follow the rules of the road. Do not weave in and out of traffic.
  • Watch the road – Bumps in the road, puddles or new construction patterns can cause you to lose balance. Motorcycles can easily get lost in blind spots.

Unfortunately, accidents happen every day. It is our duty as drivers to work together to make the roads safe. If you are injured in a car crash, consult a lawyer immediately to determine how to handle the insurance companies.

Attorney Steven Jaffe has been representing injured parties for over 32 years. Jaffe is a Partner at Famer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman. He focuses his practice on personal injury. Contact Steve at [email protected].