May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uses as a time to remind all drivers to “share the road” with motorcycles and also to remind riders to make themselves more visible to others.
With nicer weather now upon us and motorcycle season getting underway, it can be a dangerous time for motorcyclists. Roads will be increasingly crowded with holiday and vacation travelers, and many drivers are inattentive or distracted, which puts cyclists at high risk.
Some interesting statistics from the NHTSA include: per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash and five times more likely to be injured. In 2012, there were 2,317 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. In 41 percent (953) of these crashes, the other vehicles were turning left while the motorcycles were going straight, passing or overtaking other vehicles. In 524 crashes, both vehicles were going straight.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. For more than 20 years, our team at Dixon Law Office has helped many motorcycle injury victims get the compensation they deserve to cover medical bills, long-term care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses. Contact us at toll-free at 888-354-9880, or click here for a free consultation.