It is extremely important for all motorists to share the road. This holds true regardless of what type of vehicles are on the road at the same time, including motorcycles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants all drivers to remain safe at all times, regardless of what it takes. Here is what the agency says on its website:
“All motorists are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.”
As you can see, this is a two way street. Motorists need to be aware of motorcyclists, and motorcyclists must make themselves visible to other vehicles, including cars and trucks.
Here is a statistic, shared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that may open your eyes:
“4,957 motorcyclists were killed in 2012.”
If that doesn’t alarm you, consider the following: this was a seven percent increase when compared to the previous year.
Here is another statistic shared by the agency:
“There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15-percent increase from 81,000 in 2011.”
As you can see, a motorcycle accident does not always lead to the death of the motorcyclist. In fact, it is much more common for the person to be injured.
What can be Done?
As a motorcyclist, there are a few things you can do to enhance your level of safety:
- Obey the rules of the road.
- Make yourself visible to other vehicles at all times.
- Wear protective gear, including a helmet.
There is no guarantee that following this advice will keep you safe, but it will definitely work in your favor.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment. You will have time for everything else in the future.
Once you are feeling better about your health, consult with a personal injury attorney. We have helped many motorcyclists recover compensation due to an accident caused by a negligent driver.
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