It’s spring time in Michigan and for many that means time to bring
out the bike and enjoy riding. Motorists all over the state will begin
to see more and more motorcycles out on our roads and highways. For this
reason, our Goodman Acker P.C.
motorcycle attorneys also thought this would be a good time to remind drivers that May is national
motorcycle safety awareness month.
Bikers do have all the same rights as any other motor vehicle being driven
on the roadway, however more often than not bikers are unfortunately not
treated with the same privileges, being run off or cut off of the road.
Motorcycle safety awareness month is a national campaign that reminds drivers
of all vehicles to safely “share the road” with bikers and
to be extra alert to help keep them safe. This campaign also reminds motorcyclists
to make themselves more visible to motorists in order to help decrease
the number of accidents.
Last year in Michigan, there were 2,860 motorcycle crashes (data taken
from Michigan Traffic Crash Facts). Injuries resulting from these crashes
are often more severe and can cause life-threatening injuries. It is important
that as drivers we are mindful of our surroundings and treat motorcyclists
the same as we would treat another vehicle on the road.
In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, our motorcycle accident
lawyers would like to share a list of tips that will help keep new riders
safe. These tips were provided by
www.consumerreports.org. Even if you are not a new rider, we highly recommend you read these tips
as they still provide helpful in keeping you safe.
Do not buy more bike than you can handle. Start with one that fits you.
Invest in antilock brakes. Motorcycles equipped with antilock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved
in a fatal crash.
Perfect your skills by taking a motorcycle safety riding course in your area. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) lists about 2,700 locations for
such courses throughout the U.S.
Click here to find one near you.
Wear a helmet. In Michigan, riders have
free choice of whether or not they want to wear a helmet (some restrictions do apply), however riders without a helmet are 40%
more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and three times more
likely to suffer a brain injury compared to those bikers who do wear helmets.
Wear the right gear. For maximum protection, bikers should wear leather or other reinforced
jackets, gloves, full pants, and over-the-ankle footwear, even during
the summer months.
Be defensive. Cars are at fault for accidents involving bikes 60% of the time. Therefore
be extra alert, watching out for cars suddenly changing lanes and be sure
not to tailgate a vehicle while riding.
Avoid bad weather. Bad weather such as rain will not only reduce your visibility but also
reduces your tires’ grip on the road which means you are more susceptible
to being involved in an accident.
Watch for road hazards, such as potholes. Hazards you may not notice in a car can be seriously dangerous to a motorcyclist.
Make sure everything is running properly on your bike. Do a quick-walk around and make sure your lights, horn and directional
signs are working properly. You will also want to check the chain, belt,
or shaft and brakes, and tires.
Motorcycles are not just on the road in May but the entire summer and a
good part of fall. We urge motorists to get in the habit of looking for
motorcycles as they drive and to “share the road” with them
appropriately, both during this safety awareness month and after. Keep
away from distractions at all times, such as texting and driving, and
stay alert of your surroundings. On behalf of everyone at
Goodman Acker P.C., we wish everyone a safe riding season!