May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As May continues to bring in warmer weather, the number of motorcycles out on the road increases. The NHTSA encourages all motorists to stay alert and to safely “share the road” with motorcycles.
Motorcycles have the same privileges and rights as any motor vehicle, yet they can be difficult to spot on the road as they are not as conspicuous as other vehicles.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash.”
It is important that motorists stay alert and are prepared to share the road with motorcyclists. Motorcycle accidents have the potential to have severe ramifications. Consequences of a motorcycle collision may result in:
- Brain damage
- Breakage of joints and soft tissue
- Facial disfigurement
- Nerve damage
These consequences have the potential to affect the rest of your life and the lives of those close to you. Below are a few important tips to keep in mind when driving or riding on a motorcycle.
- Wear a helmet. Even the best helmet cannot guarantee against injury, but research shows that using a helmet may reduce the risk of death by 37%. The use of helmets also helps protect riders from concussions and brain damage.
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE). Wear other protective equipment such as gloves, jackets, pants, boots and goggles. This equipment will help with impact and abrasion protection in case of a crash.
- Make training a priority. The BMV offers operation safety education programs and skills tests for both new and seasoned riders.
Remember these quick tips and don’t forget to stay alert while sharing the road. Protect yourself and the motorists around you.