Rhode Island take notice - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes May as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.” It is encouraging to see the media reporting on this issue of consumer safety – the attached photo accompanies a nice overview given by Consumer Reports.
The article includes some statistics to make Providence bike accident lawyers and bikers alike to think safety when it comes to motorcycles and all bikes:
· Bikers are 25 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash or accident and five times more likely suffer personal injuries based on miles traveled in 2009.
As RI bike accident lawyers, we see the worst effects of these accidents after they occur on our Providence or other roadways. Please consider taking a moment to reflect on these NHTSA reminders from for those driving in cars to avoid bike accidents:
• Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane;
• Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections;
• Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;
• Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle—motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
• Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when behind a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. And don’t tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
Of course as RI bike accident lawyers, we also support bike helmets. NHTSA has some excellent facts on the minimizing Rhode Island personal injuries (and thus the needs for an RI bike accident lawyer) by using bike helmets:
· Motorcycle helmets saved 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives in 2008.
We see motorcycle accidents all over Providence and other cities and towns across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Just last month, the Providence Journal reported on a Providence motorcycle accident near Gano Street. The bike accident also led to a DUI arrest of the driver. “Police said the man lost control of his motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.” Id. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with personal injuries.
Later this month, Mike will be appearing on CBS along with an RI motorcycle instructor to discuss bike accident law and biker safety.