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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Preventing motorcycle accidents is the responsibility of everyone on the road, not just riders. To bring attention to this important issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), has announced that every May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To do our part in helping protect the communities we care so much about, Carter Mario Law Firm in Connecticut is bringing this blog entry to you! As highly experienced personal injury attorneys, we have seen secondhand the aftermath of motorcycle accidents far too many times. If making just one more person aware of basic motorcycle safety helps prevent one accident, then it will be more than worth it.

What Happens During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?

The NHTSA has divided Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month into four weekly projects that comprise the larger safety campaign.

The four safety projects of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month are:

  1. Motorist Awareness of Motorcycles: Distracted drivers are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents across the country. The first week of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month challenges drivers in larger vehicles to pay more attention to the road, especially when it comes to spotting smaller motorcycles. Most drivers are conditioned to look for large vehicles with two headlights in their blind spots and mirrors. As such, they can look right at a motorcycle and not “see” it.
  1. Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over: Another significant cause of motorcycle accidents is riding while intoxicated. All it takes is one single alcoholic beverage to dramatically worsen your ability to ride safely and respond to traffic conditions quickly. Never operate a motor vehicle of any kind after drinking or taking a substance that impairs your judgment and reactions like recreational marijuana. It is really that simple to prevent this common cause of severe accidents and catastrophic injuries.
  1. Rider Safety: Basic motorcycle safety refresher courses can be beneficial to all motorcyclists, not just new riders. The third week of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month encourages all motorcyclists to take some time to revisit the safety basics like how to turn without tipping, smooth braking techniques, and how to find a properly fitted helmet. Even if you have been riding ever since you could hold a motorcycle license, you should review rider safety information this month and every May at least.
  1. Share the Road: The last week is all about sharing the road safely and responsibly. Drivers, truckers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists all need to know how to share the road during different traffic conditions. Everyone has the right to get to their destination without harm, so let’s all do our part in making sure the people on the road around us feel safe.

If you want to learn more about Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month from the NHTSA, then you can click here to visit the safety administration’s official website. If you ever need a motorcycle accident attorney after a wreck that happened in Connecticut, please know you can always contact our firm for a free consultation. Carter Mario Law Firm is as dedicated to upholding our clients’ rights to compensation as we are to helping our communities!