Every year, thousands of motorcyclists are killed and tens of thousands are injured in motorcycle accidents. To help bring awareness to the importance motorcycle safety plays in reducing these accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has designated May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Bakersfield motorcycle accident injury attorney Mickey Fine encourages bikers and drivers alike to consider their behavior this month and make changes that help everyone arrive safely wherever they may be going.
Being a Courteous Driver
Data shows that a majority of motorcycle accidents in California result from the drivers of larger vehicles failing to ceded the right of way to motorcyclists. As the driver of a car, you can help save lives and reduce injuries by simply looking twice before changing lanes, making a turn, or maneuvering around another vehicle. This single step taken by drivers could help reduce thousands of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents every year and it’s so increasable simple it’s almost impossible to think of not doing it. This month, take time to review your driving habits – it may save a life.
Be a Smart Motorcyclist
If you ride a motorcycle, take steps to protect yourself like:
- Wearing a helmet and other safety gear
- Following the speed limit and traffic regulations
- Never drinking and driving
- Remaining aware of surrounding vehicles and being on guard for erratic behavior
These steps can help prevent your causing an accident, but may not be enough to protect you against one caused by someone else. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine online or by calling (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation at our Bakersfield or Manhattan Beach office and learn more about your rights.