West Virginia Officials Stressing Motorcycle Safety this Month
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on May 20, 2016 in Car Accidents
As the weather begins to warm up in West Virginia, locals and state law enforcement want to stress the importance of motorcycle safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which deems May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, there were more than 4,500 motorcycle fatalities in 2014. In West Virginia, 10 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state involved motorcycles. Unfortunately, seven of the 26 people killed in a motorcycle accident in West Virginia were not wearing a helmet.
The state Department of Transportation is urging motorists to look twice for motorcycles while also urging riders to always wear a helmet. State laws require all riders, no matter their age, to always wear a helmet.
Some other common factors associated with motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Debris on the road
- Driving under the influence
Many motor vehicle drivers are focused on looking for a car, rather than a motorcycle, which is why blind spot accidents involving a motorcycle are common.
Car drivers should also provide motorcycles with a full lane at all times, use their signals when changing or merging, and always check twice for motorcycles when turning or changing lanes.
While state officials focus on promoting motorcycle safety, the Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Division of Tourism is promoting more motorcycle tourism. Recently, the tourism division unveiled a "Scenic Drivers Guide," which takes riders through the state's highways, backroads, mountains and valleys.
Motorcycle riding is a popular activity as the weather warms up. Whether you plan to ride or not, it is up to everyone to raise awareness about the importance of motorcycle safety.
If you or someone you know is ever injured in a motorcycle wreck, contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Stewart Bell, PLLC. We can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation for your suffering.