May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, designed to encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.
MedStar offers Rider Safety Alert Cards that come with helmet decals for riders. The sticker lets responders know there is a medical ID inside the riders helmet, and also reminds bystanders to not remove the riders helmet - await trained responders - to prevent potential neck injuries.
Rider Alert Safety Cards and stickers can be picked up at MedStar headquarters, 2900 Alta Mere Drive, Fort Worth, Texas; or they can be mailed on request. To receive cards by mail, email MZavadsky@medstar911.org.
Motorcycle Safety Facts:
Motorcyclist fatalities decreased in 2013 to 4,668, accounting for 14 percent of total fatalities for the year. This decrease in motorcycle fatalities breaks a tragic trend over the last 16 years, which saw only one other decline in 2009.
Injured motorcyclists also decreased from 93,000 in 2012 to 88,000 in 2013. Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
- Road users should never drive, bike, or walk while distracted. Doing so can result in tragic consequences for all on the road, including motorcyclists.
- A motorcyclist has the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as any other motorist on the roadway.
- Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely.
- Because motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles, they can be difficult to see. Their size can also cause other drivers to misjudge their speed and distance.
- Size also counts against motorcycles when it comes to blind spots. Motorcyclists can be easily hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching to another lane of traffic.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
- Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle—it may not be self-canceling and the motorcyclist may have forgotten to turn it off. Wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed.
- Allow more follow distance – three or four seconds – when following a motorcycle; this gives the motorcycle rider more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change speed or adjust lane position to avoid hazards such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.