Share the Road
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors this month of awareness. The goal is to help motorist understand motorcyclists driving behaviors. In addition to helping vehicles drive safely around motorcycles on our roadways. This is why the slogan “Share the Road” is used for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Tragically, 4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers lost their life to motorcycle crashes during 2016. Furthermore, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured during that time period. Additionally, each year motorcycle fatalities keep increasing at an alarming rate, while motorcyclists remaining a small percentage of the driving population. Here are some statistics to show the issue at hand.
- Motorcycles make up just 3% of all registered vehicles
- Motorcycles travel just 0.7% of all the miles traveled in the U.S.
- 14% of all traffic fatalities are accounted for by motorcycle drivers
- 26% of riders that die in a motorcycle accidents were alcohol impaired
Sharing the Road
The majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles. Studies show that motorcycle accidents are often times due to the other drivers lack of awareness of motorcycles on the road. The NHTSA performed a study and released this statement, “When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right of way,”
So why do drivers violate the motorcycles right of way?
- Motorcycles are relatively small, and drivers don’t see them
- Drivers don’t anticipate motorcycles’ movements
- The driver’s view of the motorcyclist is obstructed, often by the vehicle’s blind spots or other vehicles
- Distracted driver
Drivers Be Aware of Motorcycles
The department of transportation has released these tips to help other drivers be aware of motorcycles on the road.