It's Motorcycle Awareness Month: drivers pay attention!

Share the road!

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month but that doesn't mean it's the only time to look out for motorcyclists on the road. All motorists should take care to share the road year round, but it doesn't mean that they do. As a motorcyclist, you know all too well that there are just some drivers too caught up in their own existence or too distracted by a text to give you a second look.

In 2012, almost 5,000 motorcyclists were killed and 93,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents. This marks a significant increase from the previous year's injuries and casualties. In fact, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in motor vehicle crashes than individuals driving cars.

So, what can you do to be a safe motorcyclist?

  • Make yourself as visible as possible to other drivers on the road.
  • Helmets save lives!! You are 37 percent more likely to survive an accident if you are wearing a helmet. DOT-compliant helmets that do not interfere with your vision or hearing are preferred.
  • Apply for and obtain a motorcycle license or endorsement before operating your motorcycle so that you are aware of and comfortable with all motorcycle-specific laws.
  • Watch your speed! Observe posted speed limits and allow enough time to stop (75 percent of all motorcycle crashes resulted from the motorcyclists rear-ending a car in front of them).
  • Do not operate your motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Nearly one-third of motorcycle accidents involved motorcyclists who had BAC (blood alcohol content) over the legal limit.

Of course, you can only control your own actions while operating your motorcycle. There are careless drivers on the road at all times, but being aware of your surroundings and following motorcycle safety guidelines can help keep you safe and able to ride for many years to come. Be wary of other motorists and alert to potential dangers at all times.

You may find yourself injured in an accident. If you are able, take photos and remember as much of what happened as possible, maybe even record a voice memo or some notes. Your insurance company and attorney will be happy you had the foresight to do so!

If you were the victim of a careless driver, it is in your best interest to obtain a lawyer to help navigate the process while you recover. The Keating Firm LTD is ready and able to guide injured riders through their legal options in Columbus and Cincinnati.

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