In observance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Meadville Register reported that Pennsylvania had a significant increase in both motorcycle accidents and fatalities in 2020. According to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the state had 3400 accidents involving motorcycles and 217 deaths last year.
PennDOT offered tips for drivers and motorcycle riders to avoid accidents in collaboration with the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education.
Tips for drivers
Awareness of motorcycle riders can help prevent a devastating tragedy. In addition to looking out for bikers on the road, remember these strategies:
- Avoid pulling out in front of an oncoming motorcyclist. He or she will be unable to stop safely without enough distance.
- Check your blind spots before changing lanes or entering an intersection.
- Travel no faster than the posted limit, since excessive speed contributes to many motorcycle accidents.
- Do not use your smartphone or engage in other distractions while driving.
Tips for motorcycle riders
These safety steps can help you stay safe when you spend time on your motorcycle this summer:
- Wear eye-catching colors or clothing with reflective tape so drivers can see you better.
- Make sure your motorcycle is in good repair before you ride.
- Attend education courses through PennDOT; the agency offers training for both new and experienced riders.
- Always wear proper eye protection and a DOT-approved helmet, along with long sleeves and pants.
Because of the small size and the lack of protection of motorcycles compared to larger motor vehicles, operators and passengers have an increased risk of serious auto accident injury.