The unmistakable roar and open air experienced behind the handlebars of a motorcycle appeal to more than 8 million people in the U.S. But with the warm weather and increased number of bikes on the road, comes an increase in risk. According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, 4,693 motorcyclists died from crashes in 2015, more than double the number of fatalities in 1997. Because motorcycles are less stable and less visible, drivers and passengers run a higher risk of being in an accident. The Parkview Trauma Department shares the following preventative information with drivers to increase awareness and prevention.
- Be visible. Wear a bright-colored helmet, jacket or clothing.
- Shine bright. Make sure your lights are in working order.
- Be a rule follower. Obey traffic laws and never ride impaired.
- Be alert!
- Eyes open. Be aware that other vehicles have blind spots.
Other motorists should:
- Understand the vulnerability of a motorcyclist. The most common cause of motorcyclist deaths is drivers not seeing them.
- Be extra cautious in intersections. A vehicle turning left in front of a motorcycle is a dangerous situation.
- Be aware and do not be distracted by phones.