Kentucky has some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States, so of course, it’s a popular destination to go riding for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, our lovely state ranks among the worst in the nation for motorcycle accidents. The 2019 statistics released by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety show that there were almost 5,000 crashes involving motorcycles in 2019, including 182 fatalities. That is why the attorneys at Kevin Crooks, PLLC are committed to sharing tips from the National Safety Council in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. These tips will help keep you safe on your motorcycle all year long.
The Effect Covid-19 Has Had on Riders
More riders are predicted to be on the roads this year. Sales of motorcycles and scooters rose 14.2% in 2021, for the second consecutive year of growth, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council Retail Sales Reporting System. “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the roads become more dangerous for all users. That is why it is incredibly important for drivers to remain attentive and alert to the presence of motorcycles on city, urban and rural streets and highways,” said American Motorcyclist Association President and CEO, Rob Dingman.
Wearing a helmet is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while riding your motorcycle. At Kevin Crooks, PLLC, we encourage you to use a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). You should also make sure it fits properly, meaning that it does not shift when you shake your head or block your vision.
You should also wear protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. Bright colors will help others see you better and long sleeves and pants will help protect your skin if you fall off. Keep in mind that dark colors such as black may blend in with the pavement at night which can increase your risk of being hit by another vehicle or falling off your bike and getting hurt or even killed.
Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent driver, give the attorneys at Lawville a call. Our Louisville, Kentucky accident attorneys offer a free consultation, so schedule your appointment today!