In 2015, there were 158 motorcycle accident fatalities and 2,845 injuries across Ohio. In an effort to bring those numbers down, the Ohio Highway Patrol urges all drivers to be more aware of their surroundings and look twice for motorcycles. Law enforcement will focus on enforcing safety during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
With warmer weather coming, now is the time of year when more motorcycles will be on the road. The Ohio Highway Patrol is warning all motorists, whether they’re on a motorcycle or in a vehicle, that they are equally responsible for knowing which vehicles surround them.
Motorcycles are often less visible than other larger vehicles; drivers are encouraged to look twice to help detect them. Officers suggest drivers leave a full lane between themselves and a motorcycle to improve roadway safety.
During riding season, officers will be stepping up patrols across the state, working to make the roads safer for all motorists.
Improving Safety Among Motorcyclists
The Ohio Highway Patrol is also working to improve safety among motorcycle drivers in the state. Motorcyclists are encouraged to participate in training courses, whether they are new to riding or experienced.
Officers suggest that motorcyclists wear bright clothing to improve their visibility. They also warn motorcyclists to drive defensively in order to quickly identify dangers and take evasive actions.
Motorcyclists should be aware of Ohio laws pertaining to riding such vehicles. Eye protection is mandatory while riding a motorcycle that does not have a windshield. While the Ohio Highway Patrol encourages all motorcyclists to wear helmets, they are only legally required for those under 18, and for those who have been riding less than one year.
Motorcyclists can also improve their safety by thoroughly inspecting their bikes before hitting the roads this season. Make sure all equipment is up to par after a long winter in the garage.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages and medical bills, as well as your pain and suffering. The skilled motorcycle accident lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help you take legal action.