Accidents in Boca Raton and Elsewhere Targeted in National Campaign
Gregg Hollander | April 28, 2012 | Personal Injury
The entire month of May has been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and safety advocates across the nation are using this time to help raise awareness about our two-wheeled friends, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Motorcyclists face some of the steepest risks for fatal accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. These travelers are oftentimes overlooked by passenger-vehicle drivers and are put in some risky situations. Florida provides perfect riding weather year round and brings motorcyclists from around the nation. With these conditions, Florida has continuously been ranked as the most dangerous state in the country for these kinds of accidents. Drivers beware.
Our Boca Raton motorcycle accident attorneys understand that Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for these types of accidents, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). We’re asking all passenger vehicle drivers to keep an eye out for these vulnerable motorists. Be sure to look twice before making a maneuver in traffic. That extra second can help to prevent a death. Do you part to make our roadways safer and vow to be a more cautious and alert driver.
“It is important for both motorists and motorcyclists to be aware of one another,” said David Teater with the National Safety Council.
Safety Tips from the National Safety Council:
-Avoid riding in poor weather conditions. Shoddy weather reduces your visibility and a driver’s ability to see you.
-Remember to always stay out of drivers’ blind spots. Make yourself seen.
-Always use your turn signals and make your maneuvers in traffic as predictable as possible.
-Never follow a motorcyclist too closely. Allow them with plenty of room on our roadways.
-Be careful when making maneuvers in traffic, especially at intersections and when making turns. The number one kind of motorcycle accidents happen with a motorist fails to see a motorcyclist when turning.
-Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. They follow the same rules of the road as we do as should be treated the same.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics:
-Nearly 50 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle.
-Most motorcycle accidents happen when another vehicle turns left into a motorcycle.
-Nearly 40 percent of motorcycle drivers who are killed in an accident were speeding at the time of the accident, compared to roughly 25 percent of car drivers in fatal auto accidents.
Help to make our roadways safer for everyone and join us in promoting Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. By working together we can help to save lives on our roadways. Take that extra look for motorcyclists to help keep our roadways accident free!