For decades, motorcycle enthusiasts have explored the scenic routes of the Bluegrass State, soaking up the beauty, breathing in the fresh air and tasting the freedom of the road. Now that spring is here, more motorcycles are on the roads. And with that in mind, May marks Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month throughout the country.
Other motorists should know by now that sharing the road with a motorcyclist is not difficult. Just be alert and aware, follow the traffic laws and focus on safety. Each year, an estimated 5,000 motorcyclists die in motor vehicle accidents throughout the country. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that motorcyclists are over-represented among traffic fatalities.
Reasons for motorcycle accidents
Many motorcyclists understand that they must practice defensive driving. And they know if they get into an accident, they are the ones who will suffer the gravest injuries. Possible injuries include head injuries, spinal injuries, fractures and even loss of limbs.
Here are some of causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Other drivers are not paying attention and fail to see motorcyclists. This is why it is crucial for motorcyclists to remain visible.
- Inattentive driving from other motorists. Averting the eyes from the road for just a few seconds can lead to a tragic accident. Texting while driving is now a major road hazard.
- Drowsy driving from tired drivers who need to pull over and rest. Nodding off behind the wheel puts all motorists at risk.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to 2019 preliminary reports from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the 121 alcohol-related deaths on state roads represented 16.5 percent of motorist fatalities.
In the minds of all motorcycle enthusiasts and allies, every month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Actually, every day is. Please stay safe on Kentucky’s roads and enjoy your road trips.