May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and this is a great time for all drivers to be reminded of safe driving practices on the roadway.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle deaths occur 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other motor vehicles. Motorcycle accidents usually occur because other drivers are distracted and not paying attention to the number one task of driving. Taking your eyes off the road, even if for just a few seconds, can prove deadly.
Our Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Whittel & melton urge drivers to refrain from any distracted driving behaviors. Please do not answer your phone or look at a text while driving. If you must take a call or text, pull over to a safe area off the side of the road and park first. Even a glance may take your eyes off the road for the second it takes to miss seeing a motorcycle.
It is equally important to highlight that motorcyclists have the same rights as any other vehicle. Just understand that because they are smaller, you may not be able to see them right away, so train yourself to keep an eye out for them. Always look twice before pulling out or making a turn.
Moreover, pay attention to your blind spots and always double check your side view mirror before changing lanes. Use your turn signal and turn your head to look before changing lanes. Motorcyclists should not be driving in a car’s blind spot, but taking a second look may save a life.
Motorcyclists also need to drive defensively and follow safety rules. They must obey all traffic laws.
Here is a list of tips for all motorcyclists to be reminded of:
- Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective tape
- Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and protective gear
- Obey all traffic laws, including the posted speed limit
- Use hand and turn signals
- Never ride distracted or impaired