Motorcyclists can also do their part to keep themselves safe. According to the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities have been rising steadily since 1997.
The most important thing a motorcyclist can do is wear a safety helmet. In Pennsylvania helmets are not required by law if motorcyclists are over the age of 21 and have had their motorcycle license for two years or have completed an approved motorcycle safety course. Statistics have shown that helmets safe lives and also prevent traumatic brain injuries which can be disabling.
Motorcyclists must obey the rules of the road. Because motorcyclists have the same rights as a motorist, it is their responsibility to follow the same rules. This includes driving within the speed limit, keeping a safe distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them and never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
According to the NHTSA, statistics have shown that there are more intoxicated motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes than the number of intoxicated motor vehicle drivers on the road. Drinking affects the necessary skills you need to operate a motorcycle such as coordination and balance.
Because of their size, motorcycles can become invisible in a person’s blind spot and during the evening hours. Motorcyclists can increase their visibility to other motorists on the road by wearing bright reflective clothing or having some sort of reflectors on their motorcycle.
In addition, motorcyclists should also consider taking a motorcycle training course to learn about specific ways they can travel safely on roadways.
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NHTSA, “May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”