In addition to being Bicycle Safety Month in Idaho, May is also National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is again engaged in their annual safety campaign aimed at improving safety for motorcycle riders across the nation. This month, the NHTSA is reminding motorists to Share the Road with motorcycles. They’re also encouraging motorcycle riders to wear helmets and practice safe riding habits.
Share the Road with Motorcycles
In order to safely and effectively share the road with motorcycle riders and other roadway users, drivers need to devote their full attention to the very complex and demanding task of driving. Distracted drivers can’t safely share the road with anybody. Motorcycle riders are at an increased risk for injuries or death, because they don’t have seat belts, safety cages or air bags to protect them in the event of a crash. Motorists also need to give motorcycle riders the space they need to stay safe. Motorcycle riders need additional room to maneuver in the event of an emergency situation.
Motorcycle Crashes in The U.S.
- In 2014, 4,586 motorcycle riders were killed in crashes.
- An estimated 88,000 motorcycle riders were injured in crashes in 2014.
- Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist deaths occurred 26 times more often than passenger car occupant deaths in 2013.
- Helmets saved an estimated 1,630 motorcyclists’ lives in 2013.
- In 2013, 23 motorcycle riders were killed in crashes in the State of Idaho.
Improving Motorcycle Rider Safety in Idaho
Motorcycle riders are encouraged to wear helmets and other types of protective gear. Boots, jackets, gloves and helmets can help to improve a motorcycle rider’s safety in the event of a crash. The NHTSA also reminds riders to practice safe and defense riding techniques. Idaho Star courses teach safe and defensive riding techniques. Ultimately though, riders must also count on drivers to put down the smart phones, share the road and give them the space and respect they deserve to stay safe on Idaho roadways.
What to do After a Boise Motorcycle Accident
After a Boise motorcycle accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. Whether a distracted driver pulled out in front of you or a driver that failed to check a blind spot ran you off of the road, an attorney can be your advocate after a serious injury. The skilled and proven team at Holzer Edwards Chtd is standing by to answer your questions at (208) 386-9119.