Port Charlotte Injury Attorneys: Did You Know It Is Motorcycle Safety Month?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 24, 2012

Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyerAs Port Charlotte injury attorneys, we want our readers to know that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The national initiative is aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to "share the road" with each other.

Motorcyclist fatalities increased slightly in 2010 to 4,502 accounting for 14 percent of total fatalities for the year. This increase in motorcycle fatalities for the year tracks the overall increasing trend over the last 13 years.

To help make roads safer, drivers of cars, trucks and buses need to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders. Meanwhile, motorcycle riders should obey traffic laws, wear helmets and other protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.

As part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness, the National Highway Transportation Safety Commission offers the following tips:

  • Road users are reminded to never drive, bike, or walk while distracted.  Doing so can result in tragic consequences for motorcyclists.
  • A motorcycle has the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway.
  • Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem that there is enough room in the traffic lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
  • Because motorcycles are small, they can be difficult for other road users to see them, or judge their speed and distance as they approach.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
  • Because of its smaller size, a motorcyclist can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always   check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals may not be self-canceling and motorcyclists sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Remember that road conditions that are minor annoyances to motorists can pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcycle riders may change speed or adjust position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.
  • Allow more following distance -- three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle so the motorcycle rider has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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