During the month of May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will promote their Safety Campaigns “Share the Road with Motorcycles” and “Drunk Riding Prevention.”
The “Share the Road with Motorcycles” campaign expresses that motorcycles are vehicles that have the same rights and privileges as all other vehicles on roadways. Although we will begin to see an increase in motorcycles, there will always be a lot more cars and trucks that occupy the roads. That is why 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.
It is also important to keep in mind that motorcycles cannot stop as abruptly as a vehicle can. Drivers should allow a safe distance between them and the motorcycle in the event they have to come to an abrupt stop.
According to the NHTSA, statistics have shown that there are more intoxicated motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes than the number of intoxicated motor vehicle drivers on the road. The “Drunk Riding Prevention” campaign urges all motorcycle operators to always ride sober. Alcohol affects your balance and coordination; the most important skills you need to operate a motorcycle.
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When a motorcycle operator is involved in an accident, the injuries they sustain can be life threatening, especially when a helmet is not worn. Although it is not required in the state of Pennsylvania to wear a helmet if you are over the age of 21 and have either had your motorcycle license for at least two years or completed a motorcycle rider safety course, all motorcycle operators should consider wearing one to prevent a serious head injury.
If you or someone you know have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation.
NHTSA, “May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”