Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reminders for Motorcyclists This Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is being celebrated this month. Obviously, a lot of federal and state traffic safety agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are raising safety awareness not only for motorcyclist but for other motorists as well through educational campaigns and other important initiatives.

This national traffic safety initiative aims to remind both motorcyclists and motorists to look out for each other, putting into account the value of sharing the road to further avoid accidents. As we all know, motorcycle mishaps make up a large part of motor traffic accidents and subsequent injuries and deaths, and this month’s awareness campaign is a great way to instill to the minds of people the importance of safety driving.

Statistics from the NHTSA indicated that some 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in the United States two years ago. Said figure was a two-percent increase from the previous year, and it also accounted for about 14 percent of all traffic highway deaths in the country. This is despite motorcycle registrations accounting to only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the U.S.

Preventing motorcycle accident injuries and deaths are one of the highlights of the NHTSA’s awareness drive for this month. In fact, the traffic safety agency has provided the following safety recommendations for motorcyclists:

·         Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or is distracted.
·         It is important to wear the helmet and other protective gear when riding a motorcycle. The helmet should be approved and in compliance with the Department of Transportation.
·         Wearing bright colors or reflective vests will help the motorcyclist be seen by others, especially at night.
·         It is not advisable to ride the motorcycle under heavy rainfall or any other poor weather conditions.
·         Riders must make use of hand signals and signal lights before making a turn.
·         Riders must also take advantage of positioning in order to be seen by other motorists.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers are one with the NHTSA and other California traffic safety organizations in reminding motorists and motorcyclists to share the road and look out for each other so that accidents are prevented from happening.

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