May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

National Motorcycle Safety Awareness MonthNot only is May National Bike Month, but it’s also National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time to encourage motor vehicle drivers and motorcyclists to share the road with each other.

We visited the grim statistics motorcyclists face on our nation’s highways. Although motorcycle registrations represent only about 3% of all vehicles in the US, motorcycle fatalities represent 14% of total highway deaths annually! Improving cooperation between motor vehicle drivers and motorcyclists can only help to reduce these fatalities on our nation’s highways.

Whatever kind of vehicle you’re driving, chances are your vehicle’s mass exceeds that of a motorycle, and you need to heed these 4 driving tips to help safeguard the road for motorcyclists:

  1. Allow a motorcyclist the full width of a lane–never share the lane for any reason, including a right turn.
  2. Always check mirrors and blind spots for motorcyclists (and two-wheeled vehicles) before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  3. Signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  4. Allow more following distance when behind a motorcycle–an extra three to four seconds is recommended.

Many motorcycle fatalities in New Mexico are single-vehicle, so motorcyclists have responsibilities, too. Motorcyclists should obey the same traffic laws as other motor vehicles, never ride while impaired, and always wear a helmet while riding. Be sure to see my informative post on How to Buy the Best Motorcycle Helmet.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident by a negligent driver, be sure to contact the Atkinson Law Firm today for your free consultation!

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Scott concentrates on serious personal injury cases. He believes that a catastrophic injury does not just affect the victim; it also dramatically impacts the victim’s family. Scott is in Albuquerque to fight for you to recover your New Mexico accident losses!