May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

look01In Texas, most motorcycle crashes happen in May

May marks the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month when 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.

Consider these facts:

  • In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic-related deaths in Texas.
  • 460 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
  • A vehicle was involved in 50% of these fatal motorcycle crashes.
  • In over two-thirds of fatal vehicle-motorcycle crashes, the vehicle struck the front of the motorcycle while turning left, usually at an intersection.
  • The driver either did not see the motorcyclist or didn’t see the motorcyclist in time to avoid a crash.

Motorists tips:

  • Never drive while distracted
  • Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Do not share the lane.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • A motorcyclist can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot so remember to look, look, then look again.
  • Allow more following distance – four to five seconds.

Riders tips:

  • Get trained and obtain a motorcycle operator license.
  • Wear USDOT compliant helmets and other protective gear.
  • Stay visible.
  • Ride alert and unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs.
  • Ride within your limits.
  • Be a lifelong learner.