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April showers bring May Motorcycle Accident Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Accident Safety Awareness Month

As the weather gets warmer, more and more motorcycles will be on the road. Whether you are on two wheels or four, it’s everybody’s responsibility to drive safely and provide a safe environment for all road users.

Here are some quick tips to promote motorcycle accident safety:

• Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.
• Motorcycles are smaller than most cars and trucks so they may look farther away than they are. For that reason, it may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into a driveway, always assume a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
• Motorcycles can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.
• Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting so you may not always see a brake light. Always keep a safe distance away. At intersections, motorcyclists sometimes slow down without warning.
• Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling. Some riders may forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change.
• Motorcyclists often move within a lane to be seen more easily or to avoid road debris, passing vehicles and wind.
• While bikes are much easier to maneuver than a car or truck, don’t always expect that motorcyclists will be able to get out of the way in an emergency situation.
• When a motorcycle is in motion, don’t think of it as a motorcycle; think of it as a person.

Motorcycles are considered motor vehicles and follow the same rules as trucks and cars when it comes to accidents and insurance claims. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important you get informed. 

Keep motorcycle riders safe on the road during motorcycle safety and all year around. Please share the road.

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