As we get into the heart of spring, motorcycle enthusiasts across Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be hitting the road to enjoy their passion and take in all that the beautiful Northeast has to offer. Since drivers may have gotten out of the habit of looking for motorcycle riders over the winter, now is a good time for drivers and riders alike to remind themselves of some basic safety tips for avoiding dangerous collisions.
To emphasize the importance of motorcycle safety this time of year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Here are some things you can do during the month of May – and throughout the year – to help avoid motorcycle accidents.
Tips for Drivers
As a driver, the most important thing you can do to avoid motorcycle accidents is to keep in mind this simple rule: “Share the road.” Sharing the road means being cognizant of the fact that there may be motorcycle riders around you. Motorcycle riders have the same rights as drivers, and drivers should respect these rights and ensure that they are driving safely at all times. When driving during motorcycle season, consider:
- Always thoroughly checking your blind spots for motorcycles and other vehicles.
- Avoiding tailgating and changing lanes in front of motorcycles and other vehicles without an adequate buffer.
- Staying focused on the road – don’t let distracted driving lead to an accident.
Tips for Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycle riders can take steps to help ensure their own safety as well. While riders and drivers alike can cause motorcycle accidents, adhering to safe riding practices can help mitigate your risks of being involved in an accident and suffering serious injuries. Motorcycle riders can help protect themselves by:
- Always wearing proper safety gear. This includes a safety-rated helmet.
- Never riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Riding within your limits.
- Obeying speed limits and other traffic signs and signals.
- Staying attuned to your surroundings and the driving patterns of other vehicles on the road.
Accidents may unavoidable under certain circumstances, and even the best safety gear will not always necessarily allow you to walk away from a crash or lay-down unscathed. But, by following safe riding practices, you can enjoy your time in the saddle without exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.
Spread the Word About Motorcycle Safety
We encourage all drivers and motorcycle riders to use Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month as an opportunity to spread the word about motorcycle safety. Talk to your family and friends, post on social media, and serve as a positive role model for safety on the roads.
Contact the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC about Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Attorney Mike Bottaro represents motorcycle accident victims throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you have been involved in a motorcycle collision, contact Mike to discuss your case today.