Pennsylvania Motorcycle Awareness Month 2020.
Motorcycle Awareness Month has officially begun. With warmer weather on its way, it is time to remind everyone the importance of being an alert driver while sharing the road with motorcyclists.
According to the 2018 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics manual, (2019 has not been released yet) there were a reported 2,776 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania; 164 of those accidents were fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) motorcyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles.
In order to lower injuries and fatalities, we need to be aware while driving, obey speed limits and be responsible.
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How you can participate in Motorcycle Awareness Month
- Motorists should take an extra moment to carefully check for motorcycles when changing lanes or turning at an intersection. A motorcycle can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or covered by an object such as a bush or sign.
- Drivers should show extra caution at intersections. Frequent crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.
- Drivers should allow a safe distance between them and the motorcycle in the event they must come to an abrupt stop. Keep in mind that motorcycles cannot stop as abruptly as a vehicle can.
- Motorcyclists should avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
- Motorcyclists must use turn signals for every turn or lane change.
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: NHTSA, “Motorcycle Safety.”