Motorcycle Safety Tips to Prevent Wilmington, NC Accidents
A motorcycle accident shut down the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge recently. According to WWAY Wilmington, the motorcyclist involved in the collision sustained injuries.
This motorcycle accident is one of many likely to occur over the summer in North Carolina as warmer weather brings out more motorcycle riders. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kicked off this public safety event by providing some tips for both motorcyclists and drivers to avoid motorcycle collisions. If motorcycle crashes do occur, accident lawyers in Wilmington, NC should be consulted by victims or surviving family members to take legal action against those responsible for causing the collision.
Motorcycle Safety Tips Can Prevent Fatalities
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month began with some good news, as Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released its Spotlight on Highway Safety. The report indicated that preliminary data shows a seven percent decline in motorcycle fatalities in 2013. This decline is just the second time the number of fatal motorcycle crashes has gone down since 1997.
North Carolina is one of the states where fewer deaths occurred. In the first six months of 2013, there were 72 motorcyclist fatalities as compared with 84 deaths in the first half of 2012. This is a 14 percent decrease. By the end of the first nine months, the death toll rose. In the first nine months of 2013, there were 131 fatalities as compared with 139 in the same time period in 2012. This means that there was only a six percent reduction in deaths.
Forbes suggests that the fact that fewer motorcyclists died is not necessarily an indication that safety has improved. The fact that fewer people died on motorcycles in 2013 can be explained by the fact that the weather was worse in this year than in 2012, thus there were fewer motorcyclists in the road. The weather in 2013 was both colder and wetter.
Since safety wasn't the cause of the reduction in the death rate, there is still a long way to go to make the streets safe for motorcyclists. The NHTSA's tips for riders and drivers include:
- Avoiding driving while distracted. Both motorcyclists and motorists is passenger cars need to avoid using cell phones or focusing on other distractions and instead should ensure they remain focused on the road.
- Using appropriate signals when merging or changing lanes. Drivers should use their turn signal and motorcyclists should use both turn signals and hand gestures. Drivers need to understand that motorcycle signals don't shut off automatically and that they should not assume what a motorcyclist is going to do.
- Riders are encouraged to wear brightly colored clothing to increase visibility, while drivers should check blind spots carefully before merging or changing lanes since it is easier to miss a motorcycle than a passenger car.
By following these tips, riders and drivers can both take a step forward in reducing the risk of a collision. Hopefully, the death rate can continue to fall, this time because of improvements in safety.
Help is available for accident victims in Wilmington, NC. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Flexner at 800-FLEXNER to schedule a free consultation.