Motorcycles have recently become a more popular form of transportation and since May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, the Manchin Injury Law Group would like to remind motorcyclists to be aware of their surroundings and other vehicles in order to prevent a possibly fatal collision.

Cyclists are more vulnerable to collisions than regular vehicles. While a motorcycle can travel the same speed as a regular vehicle, they lack many of the same safety features. Approximately 80% of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, whereas the figure for other vehicles is only about 20%. On average, 3 motorcyclists are killed every day in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 30% of motorcycle injuies are to the leg and foot, 22% are to the head and neck, 20% are to the back, and 18% are to the arm and hand.  Addittionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 35% of all fatacl crashes involved speeding, 29% involved drinking and riding and 22% of victims of fatal crashes were riding without a license.

Here are some important safety tips to follow the next time you or a loved one set out for a ride:

· Always wear a DOT approved helmet even if it is not required to ride in your state. West Virginia has a universal helmet law for all riders.

· Never assume you are visible to the driver of another vehicle. Avoid riding in another vehicle’s blind spot, wear high-visibility clothing, and make sure your tail, head, and brake lights are functioning properly.

· Be extra careful in construction zones or when riding on an uneven surface.

· Wear the right gear. Motorcycles offer little protection so it is important to wear the right gear. This includes sturdy, close-toed shoes, protective eye wear, and long pants and shirts to protect yourself from burns or skid marks.

· Watch the weather and avoid riding in poor conditions.

· Take a motorcycle safety course. Safety courses are usually offered at most dealerships where motorcycles are sold.

Motorcycles offer hours of enjoyment for those who ride.  However, motorcycles present danger and can be a cause of harm to individuals.  If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, call the attorneys at the Manchin injury Law Group for a free consultation.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

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