Motorcycle Safety Awareness MonthDuring May, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, along with local and state law enforcement, will be reminding everyone about the importance of motorcycle safety. In 2016 (most up to date information), there were 3,477 accidents in Pennsylvania that involved motorcycles; 192 of those accidents were fatal.

There are nearly 850,000 licensed motorcyclists in Pennsylvania.  It is important for all drivers to do their part and protect one another on the road.

How you can participate in Motorcycle Awareness Month

Look for motorcycles: Motorcyclists believe the biggest issue is being seen.  It is sometimes easy to overlook a motorcycle.  Because of their size, a motorcycle can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or covered by an object such as a bush or sign.  Motorists should take an extra moment to carefully check for motorcycles when changing lanes or turning at an intersection.  

Allow Distance: Keep in mind that motorcycles cannot stop as abruptly as a vehicle can.  Drivers should allow a safe distance between them and a motorcycle in the event they must come to an abrupt stop.  

Use Turn-Signals: This gives motorcycles time to react and slow down.

Motorcyclists can also do their part to keep themselves safe on the roads by wearing a safety helmet.  Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of a head injury by 69%.  In Pennsylvania, motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet who either have had their motorcycle license for at least two full years or have completed a motorcycle rider safety course.  The course must be approved by the state or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  

Motorcycles are vehicles that have the same rights and privileges as all other vehicles on roadways.  If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green.  Our attorneys will provide you with a free no-obligation consultation to evaluate your case.  Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.

Source: PA.gov, “Motorcycle Safety”