As more bikers take to the road, it will be important for other drivers to be especially mindful of this fact. This sentiment is one of the objectives of Motorcycle Safety & Awareness month. Pennsylvania’s governor recently signed a proclamation that marks May as a time to promote the safety of bikers throughout the state.
Pennsylvania’s chapter of the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education is working alongside state and local communities to help promote the message of this month. They indicate that providing education to motorcyclists is just as important as spreading the word to motorists about taking precautions to avoid an accident.
Records indicate that more than 854,000 people are licensed motorcyclists in Pennsylvania. That means that a large number of bikers might be on state roads at any given time.
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It certainly requires the cooperation and vigilance of everyone on the road to maintain safety and prevent motorcycle accidents. However, the relatively small size of motorcycles as compared to passenger vehicles and trucks can spell tragedy for bikers who are involved in a crash with an inattentive or negligent driver.
Just because motorcycles may not be as easy to spot as larger motor vehicles doesn’t mean that bikers are any less entitled to be on the road. Motorcyclists have rights, and others on the road should be sure to respect them.
Source: A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, “PA Governor Proclaims Month of May Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month,” April 14, 2014