As the weather warms up and we see more sunny days, the thoughts of motorcycle enthusiasts naturally turn to their long-lost, two-wheeled companions. The bikes come out of the garage and start hitting the streets in greater numbers. Unfortunately, as the number of bikes on the roads increase, so do the number of motorcycle accidents. That’s why May is the perfect month to spotlight Motorcycle Safety Awareness.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that for 2013, fifteen percent of all traffic fatalities were attributed to motorcycle deaths, and that number has climbed in fourteen of the past sixteen years.
The agency’s research indicates that for every mile traveled, motorcyclists are approximately 39 times likely to perish in an accident than occupants of a passenger vehicle. This is due, in large part, to the smaller size of motorcycles which causes them to be easily overlooked in traffic.
According to the NHTSA, most accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle occur at intersections or during a lane change, and are the result of the other vehicle violating the motorcyclist’s right-of-way. Operators of passenger cars need to understand that motorcyclists have all the same rights as other four (and more)-wheeled vehicles on the road.
These motorists can help prevent deadly motorcycle accidents by observing the following tips:
· Don’t drive distracted
· Share the road- allow motorcycles their full lane
· Know where your blind spots are and check them before performing lane changes
· Don’t tailgate. In dry conditions, a motorcycle can stop much more quickly than a car
While many fatal motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, a significant portion of them are single-vehicle accidents that could have been avoided if the motorcycle operator had used better judgment. Speeding, non-use of helmets, and various forms of distraction or impairment are responsible for the deaths of many motorcycle operators.
Some safety tips for riders to keep in mind this Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month include:
· Don’t ride while impaired or distracted
· Try not to ride in adverse weather conditions
· Always signal your intentions and use lane position to increase you visibility
· Keep your bike properly maintained
· Take a motorcycle safety course and refresh yourself on Colorado motorcycle laws
Colorado Motorcycle Laws
Eye protection, seat and footrests for a passenger, one side mirror, and mufflers, are all required for legal motorcycle operation on Colorado roads. Turn signals are not required. There are no restrictions on radar detectors, passenger age, helmet speakers, or use of daytime headlamps. While the state only requires helmet use for riders and passengers under the age of 18, it is strongly recommended for all operators and passengers. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there is a statistical correlation between non-use of helmets and rider mortality. Wearing a helmet is the single most effective means of preventing a catastrophic motorcycle accident injury.
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If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Boulder or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is imperative that you contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer immediately. Your lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and fight for your rights to maximum compensation. Call Denver motorcycle accident attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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