The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so Jones & Swanson
is partnering with the NHTSA to urge every Georgia driver to “share
the road”. Just like other motor vehicles traveling on Georgia roadways,
motorcyclists have rights and privileges, which are in place to keep cyclists
safe. During the month of May, as well as every other month of the year,
we urge drivers to be extra alert while traveling around motorcyclists.
As the weather gets warmer, more motorcycle riders will be out on Georgia
highways. Unfortunately, statistics show that the number of fatal motorcycle
crashes is rising, while the number of riders wearing helmets is declining.
In 2013, the number of motorcyclists that lost their lives in traffic
accidents was 4,668, accounting for 14% of total highway fatalities. This
number is very high, especially when you consider that only 3% of U.S.
vehicle registrations are represented by motorcycles. The NHTSA has estimated
that approximately 1,630 people were saved in motorcycle crashes in 2013
by helmets; however 715 more lives could have been saved if the riders
had been wearing helmets. While it is the responsibility of the motorcyclist
to maintain proper riding standards and gear, other drivers on the road
have a responsibility to cyclists as well.
Another scary statistic involves motorcyclists under the influence of alcohol
or drugs while driving. Statistics show that a greater percentage of fatal
crashes involve intoxicated motorcyclists than intoxicated passenger vehicle
drivers. Just as automobile drivers should not get behind the wheel after
consuming alcohol, cyclists should never operate their motorcycles while
under the influence either.
We urge all drivers, whether in a motor vehicle or on a motorcycle, to
obey speed limits, follow road signs, and keep your attention on the roadway
at all times. Passenger vehicle drivers should allow cycles the full width
of a lane at all times, signal and carefully check mirrors and blind spots
when merging or changing lanes, and allow three seconds more distance
from your vehicle when following a motorcycle.
Motorcycle laws in the state of Georgia include wearing a safety helmet
and goggles at all times, maintain proper licensing, and obey all traffic
laws while riding. For more motorcycle safety tips, visit