May Declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on May 17, 2016 in Motorcycle Accidents
With May having been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Indiana's governor is taking a stand on safety for motorcyclists and drivers alike in order to reduce fatal crashes and encourage safe driving among all motorists.
A recent motorcycle accident west of Warsaw highlights the need for expanded safety efforts. In this crash, two people were seriously injured after their motorcycle overturned. Both driver and passenger were not wearing helmets and were flown by Trauma Hawk to a medical center where they were listed in critical condition.
Since motorcycles do not have exterior frames to absorb crashes, riders are often at risk of bearing the full impact of collisions in accidents with motor vehicles. Because of this reality, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the state of Indiana are creating awareness this month with local, state and national organizations to find ways to keep motorcyclists safe on highways and roads through education and training.
Indiana Residents Urged to Share the Road
While negligent driving is responsible for numerous motorcycle fatalities, there are steps motorists can take to prevent crashes with motorcycles. The following are preventive strategies to minimize collisions:
- When following a motorcycle, leave plenty of space to be able to stop safely.
- Do not drive while impaired or drowsy.
- Recognize that motorcycles have the same rights as motor vehicles, despite their size.
- Yield right-of-way to a motorcycle when turning left.
- Allow a full lane's width of room for motorcyclists to maneuver.
- Turn your head safely and use your mirrors prior to switching lanes to prevent blind spots.
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries, steep medical bills and property damage. If you have been injured in a motorcycle collision due to a negligent vehicle driver, contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak. We can help you pursue compensation for your pain and suffering; schedule your free consultation today.