The month of May has been designated as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Tennessee. This safety campaign is focused on making every person on the road aware of the need to stay safe and stay aware around motorcycles.
In the last year or so, the total number of accidents involving motorcyclists has decreased from 135 to 121. While these statistics are encouraging, they are still troubling. Already in 2015, there have been more than two dozen people killed in fatal crashes in Tennessee. Whether an accident is fatal or not, victims of motorcycle accidents and their families can be left to deal with the devastating consequences, so further reducing accidents and preventing them is crucial.
This month, every person on the road is being encouraged to focus on driving safely and paying particular attention to motorcycle safety.
Motorcyclists can take many steps toward being safer on the road, from taking safety and training courses to wearing protective gear. They can make themselves as visible as possible and obey the rules of the road.
However, all these efforts can be ineffective when motorists fail to appreciate and acknowledge motorcycle safety as well. Drivers need to focus on giving riders more space and time on the road, being aware of where motorcycles are and understanding that motorcyclists have the same right to safety on Tennessee streets and highways as any other vehicle.
Motorcycle safety is up to every person who is on the road. Riders typically appreciate this every time they start up their bike. However, drivers behind the wheels of cars and trucks may not necessarily have this same awareness and appreciation for how crucial it is to avoid collisions with motorcycles.
Hopefully, the efforts to raise and reinforce motorcycle safety awareness this month will go a long way in protecting riders and preventing crashes.
Source: WATE.com, “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Knoxville riders urge drivers to share the road,” Brandon Rook, May 5, 2015