May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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In theory – and by law – motorcyclists have all the same
rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway but the
reality is that motorcyclists bear more accidents and injuries than other motor
vehicle drivers. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month; drivers of all other
vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely “share the road”
with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycles made up only three percent of all registered vehicles
in the United States in 2012 and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle
miles traveled. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, however, motorcyclists were 26
times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle accidents
and five times more likely to be injured.

During 2012, 93,000 motorcyclists were injured, a 15 percent
increase from the 81,000 injured in 2011.

In 2012, 4,957
motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes which was an
increase of seven percent over the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011
.
Of
the 4,957 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 93 percent (4,625) were riders
and seven percent (332) were passengers.

In 2012, motorcyclists represented 15 percent of all traffic
fatalities; 18 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities and four
percent of all passengers injured in motor vehicle accidents.

Use of Department Of Transportation-compliant helmets held
steady at 60 percent in 2013, unchanged from 2012. Motorcycle helmets do not
interfere with the rider’s vision or hearing and should be worn at all times.

The National Agenda
for Motorcycle Safety

The
goal of the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety is to enhance and improve
motorcycle safety
by working to clarify the most important issues relevant to
improving motorcycle safety. This is not an easy task as a lack of funding
devoted to research studies of motorcycle safety has created a shortage of
information about why so many motorcyclists are getting into accidents.

The motorcycling community has invested considerable time
and effort into improving its safety record through initiatives such as
increased skills training, licensing campaigns, incremental technological
advances, rider behavior and personal protective equipment. This does not
change the fact that motorcycles continue to offer no significant protection to
their users in a crash and requires the driver to be alert to even keep the
motorcycle upright.

Although motorcycle rider training programs have been widely
implemented to help reduce the rate of motorcycle accidents, they are still
underutilized and often lack support from the larger traffic safety community.
A broader educational approach, which provides motorcyclists with practical
information outside of a formal training setting, is also beneficial to both
new and experienced riders.

Those outside the motorcycling community also have a huge
role to play in motorcycle safety. The overall traffic safety community,
highway engineers, law enforcement, the medical community, vehicle engineers,
government agencies, researchers working in safety, insurers and all road users
are all capable of helping to reduce motorcycle accidents and subsequent
injuries and deaths. The motorcycling community must work hard to reach drivers
outside of its community by creating awareness over the issues and risks facing
motorcyclists.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney
fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive
a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times bigger with
the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in
Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing
residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County
since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we
recover damages for you!

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month; drivers of all other
vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely “share the road”
with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.

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