May Flowers & Motorcycle Accident Safety Awareness
The following is a guest blog submitted by Michigan Motorcycle Accident Attorney Steven Gursten.
Finally, the sun is starting to show itself, which means more bikers on the roads. And since May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, here are a couple points about safe operation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken several steps to encourage drivers and motorcyclists to more safely share the road with each other.
One key factor in reducing the extent of injuries and reducing the risk of fatality is helmet use.
• Based on research out of the NHTSA, motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives in 2008.
• Proper fitting motorcycle protective gear, including helmets, do not interfere with the rider’s vision or hearing.
Here are some quick tips for biker safety:
1. It should go without saying that you should never drink and drive.
Alcohol intoxication is responsible for 41 percent of all motorcycle fatal crash deaths in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
2. Whether the law requires it or not, wear a motorcycle helmet.
About 59 percent of motorcycle riders killed in 2007 were not wearing crash helmets.
3. Always ride defensively.
About 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve crashes with other motor vehicles; usually collisions with cars and trucks that fail to see and avoid the motorcycle operator.
4. You should never assume that other drivers will give you the right of way.
Overconfidence can cost you your life.
Operating a motorcycle takes great skill and coordination. Experience and safe driving practice are the best way to develop your ability to steer, brake and accelerate.
5. Never ride in the center of a traffic lane.
Following these simple tips might just be the difference between surviving a serious motorcycle collision and becoming the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident.
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