May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The weather in Iowa is finally getting warmer and bikers can get back on the road. As a motorcycle injury attorney, I have learned a lot about motorcycles and motorcyclists. The number one thing I have learned is that bikers are passionate about getting around on two wheels. Motorcyclists deserve to stay safe on the roads just as much as people travelling on four wheels, but unfortunately, that does not always happen. I have represented motorcycle riders with catastrophic injuries because while many riders love being on their bike more than anything, if they are hit their injuries can be severe. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die from injuries in a crash than people who were travelling in a car during a crash. Here are some tips from NHTSA’s Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles Campaign:
Look carefully for motorcycles at intersections with obstructions like trees or hills;
Be careful checking your blind spots for motorcycles; and
Be aware that it is often safer for motorcycles to slow without using their brakes so do not follow too closely and rely on the back-brake light to know when a motorcycle is slowing.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash, we are here to help. Please call us at (319) 826-2250.