As the weather continues to warm, more and more motorcyclists will be hitting the nation’s roadways putting them at risk of being injured in a motorcycle accident. That is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

About Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative intended to remind all motorists of the dangers motorcyclists face and how to avoid accidents with motorcycles. The NHTSA has included language designed to encourage motorists to “Share the Road” with each other.

Key reminders for motorcyclists

Though motorcycle safety is often times repetitive, it’s always a good idea to go over the basics. Reviewing even the most simple safety tips can be the difference between life and death. When operating a motorcycle you should always:
  • Wear a motorcycle helmet.
  • Ensure any passengers riding on your bike are wearing a helmet.
  • Avoid driving on shoulders.
  • Wear durable protective gear.
  • Obey all traffic laws and posted speed limit signs.

Key reminders for other motorists

Whether in a car, truck, or bus, all motorists have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. There are certain principles under the “Share the Road” model that all motorists should remind themselves when it concerns sharing the road with a motorcycle, such as:
  • Never operate a vehicle, including a bicycle, while distracted.
  • Understand that a motorcycle deserves and has the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle would.
  • A motorcyclist should be given a full lane width to operate their bike.
  • Always use your turn signals when turning, merging, and/or changing lanes.
  • Give a motorcycle more following distance. This will give a motorcyclist the time necessary to react to potential road hazards.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. The team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. Law Offices is experienced in handling motorcycle accident injury claims. More importantly, we are experienced in handling insurance companies.

Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. will work hard to ensure that you receive the best medical care possible and that you get the best settlement possible for you and your family. Remember, the other driver’s insurance company will want to pay you as little as possible, if anything at all.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.