As temperatures continue to rise in Kentuckiana more motorists will be hitting the roads, this includes more motorcyclists! May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to remind drivers to share the road and to remain focused while on the roads.
Motorcyclists need to be careful when they hit the streets and make sure they take precautions to protect themselves from distracted drivers while behind the wheel. Around 67% of accidents with another vehicle are due to the other driver violating the biker’s right-of-way, so it is very important to drive defensively.
Wearing protective gear is critical to a riders safety. Wearing a helmet with a face shield and protective eyewear is the best way to protect yourself from severe head injuries. Bikers who ride without a helmet are 5 times more likely to sustain a critical head injury than those who do. It is also important to wear protective clothing that covers your skin. This will help protect the rider from road rash and soft tissue injuries in the event of a crash.
It is also important to be sober and alert while driving. Drinking and driving will put yourself and other motorists at risk! Almost 50% of motorcycle accidents involve alcohol use. Even one drink can impair a driver and cause an auto accident. Being sleepy while behind the wheel is also dangerous. Do not hit the road until you have had plenty of rest.
While driving a motorcycle can be fun, it can also be dangerous. If you do find yourself the victim of a negligent driver, we can help. Contact Kevin Crooks today at (502) 583-6667 to schedule your consultation!