Motorcycles, at this present time, are everywhere as many individuals yearn for the freedom tied with riding the wide-open road. Hence, it is crucial to respect your motorbike as well as better your skills through your lifetime, whether it’s a motorcycle hitch carrier, your engine, wheels even your riding gears.
However, this isn’t the entire story. Although there is that feeling of freedom, riders still have to obey traffic rules and the rules of the road to ensure everyone’s safety as a motorbike doesn’t provide the structural shield and protection that an automobile does to prevent death and injury in case of an accident. Likewise, individuals who only are interested and drive four-wheeled automobiles also have an obligation in keeping riders safe as well.
Month of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness
In recognition and acknowledgment of the Month of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness in May, both riders and drivers are reminded by the National Safety Council to do their role. Motorists and motorcyclists alike could work together to keep every road-users safe.
To help out in lessening and preventing motorcycle injuries and crashes and in helping save lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has initiated the new campaign “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” to lend motorists a hand in comprehending standard behaviors for motorcycle driving as well as to learn how to drive around motorcycles safely on highways and roadways.
With hundreds to thousands of demises annually, motorcyclists are considerably over-represented in traffic collisions and mortalities. As per the NHTSA, in 2015 nearly 14% of the entire traffic fatalities was accounted for motorcyclists, whereas motorcycles in the United States add up to only 3% of all recorded vehicles. Also in 2015, a total of 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents, an 8% rise from 4,594 in 2014. Moreover, because of motor vehicle collisions, over 88,000 motorbike riders were injured.
The mile traveled per vehicle, motorcyclists are almost 27x more likely to die and 5x more likely to get injured in a vehicle collision compared to passenger occupants of vehicles. Even the littlest momentary delay and lapse in the awareness and alertness of a vehicle driver can cause the demise of an unnoticed motorcyclist.