Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road. However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road. Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner:
In an effort to raise motorcycle safety awareness, we are highlighting some common themes that tend to occur when a motorcycle accident occurs, as well as some safety statistics. It is so important to respectfully share the road with other vehicle and motorcycle drivers in an effort to prevent accidents on the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists may be particularly vulnerable to injury due to to their exposure to the outside elements when they're riding. According to an article cited at the bottom of this post, here are some interesting facts relating to motorcycle accidents:
The month of May is designated as Motorcycle Safety Month, which means that it's the time of year when motorcycles tend to increase on our state's roads. It is important for both motorcycle and car drivers to be aware of each other and follow a few basic safety tips to keep everyone alert and safe on the road! Wear your helmet, give other cars and riders plenty of room, and share the road. Motorcycle riders can also take free refresher classes through the PA Motorcycle Safety Program.
Recently, an article from Vanderbilt University highlighted the heightened dangers that motorcyclists face during the spring months. According to the article, surgeons at Vanderbilt's medical center have noticed that there is a large increase in motorcycle accidents when the weather gets better. Experts have coined the term "trauma season" from April through September and, at Vanderbilt, they typically see a 50% increase in patients injured by major trauma during this time period. This year, the increase in trauma came early in proportion to the early onset of warmer weather.
- Look out for potholes, loose gravel, and leftover salt and black ice as we transition into spring! If the weather is hovering around freezing, the roads may be especially dangerous.
- When driving a car, be extra vigilant and look twice to avoid hitting motorcyclists who are out sharing the road. Remember, most motorcyclists have not ridden all winter and may still be acclimating to riding their bikes again.
- Be especially careful when switching lanes around a motorcyclist, as it can be easy to misjudge speed and distance.
- Motorcyclists: wear helmets, even if it is not required by Pennsylvania state law!
- Motorcycle riders should also stagger bikes instead of riding side-by-side to avoid accidents and/or injury.