May is the month for motorcycle awareness. Motorcycle Awareness shouldn’t be confined to a single month but should be observed every single day of the year. However, May is the month when more riders come back to riding on the roads because it is the time when the weather is normally optimal for cruising.
Drivers and motorists everywhere should be aware of motorcyclists around them. Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable when traveling on the roads because of them not being encaged in a vehicle but practically exposed to what ever is coming their way. Motorcycle Awareness month is to remember to “share the road” with motorcycles and to help keep them safe.
“Surviving the ride must be foremost in the mind of every motorcyclist. This means taking a motorcycle safety course, wearing the proper gear, using a Department of Transportation compliant helmet and staying alert,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Every vehicle has its place on the road, but motorcyclists face additional dangers because motorcycles require exceptional handling ability and are more difficult to see.”
The Los Angeles Police Department is taking the opportunity this year to encourage drivers and motorists to keep motorcyclists safe on the roads. About one-sixth of all vehicle accidents fatalities are motorcyclists. Below is a list of cities with counts of motorcyclists deaths in four southern California counties in 2013.
- In Los Angeles County, 102 motorcyclists died in crashes.
- In San Diego County, 43 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes.
- In Riverside County, another 38 bikers died in accidents.
- San Bernardino and Orange Counties lost 32 and 31 motorcyclists in wrecks, respectively.
Of all these motorcycle deaths 95% were wearing a helmet at the time, so it is sad to see that helmets do not always save lives, but it does give you a greater chance of you surviving a crash than to not wear one.
The age in a rider also seems to play a factor in motorcycle deaths. The age range of the highest amount of deaths are motorcyclists in their 20’s and the second most is in the 50’s. The lowest amount of motorcycle deaths were riders above the age of 60 years old.
IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDERS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
- Wear the proper safety gear at all times, including a DOT-compliant helmet
- Obey the speed limit – excess speed is the most common rider-related factor in motorcycle related crashes
- Don’t drink and ride – DUI is a leading cause of motorcycle crashes
- Ride within your own limits – don’t be a victim of peer pressure
- Ride defensively – assume other drivers don’t see you
In addition to ensuring motorcyclists drive safely and responsibly, they should know their legal rights. If you are a motorcyclist that is involved in a motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law firm at (800) 275-8326 for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or damaged property.