May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Remember to “share the road” with motorcyclists during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month this May—and throughout the year.

To reduce motorcycle collisions, injuries, and to save lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” campaign to help motorists understand standard motorcycle driving behaviors and learn how to drive safely around motorcycles on our roadways.

The campaign highlights simple actions drivers can take to increase the safety of their two-wheeled friends who have very little protection in the event of a multi-vehicle crash. The goal of this material is to create safer roads and save lives, and is available for states and other road safety advocates at www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/motorcycle-safety/motorist-awareness-motorcycles.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month coincides with May, as the month ushers in warmer weather and motorcyclists hit the streets. With thousands of deaths across the country each year, motorcyclists are significantly overrepresented in traffic crashes and fatalities. In fact, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash, and five times more likely to be injured. It is essential that vehicle drivers pay complete attention on the road—even the smallest momentary lapse in a vehicle driver’s awareness can result in the death of an unseen motorcyclist.

For more information on motorcycle safety in Nevada, please visit www.nevadarider.com.