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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which is now recognized by the White House! 

“My Administration remains committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who rides a motorcycle and all who travel across our Nation,” President Biden wrote in a letter dated May 1. 

“All of us who travel America’s roads have an important role in securing a safe motorcycle-riding environment.”

With favorable weather conditions and summer road trips on the horizon, it’s important for all motorists to be cognizant of those on two wheels who may be in a blind spot. While motorcyclists are entitled to the same rights and consideration granted to drivers of four-wheeled vehicles, the majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles. 

We all bear a responsibility in maintaining the safety of motorcyclists on the road. When motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles collide, it is predominantly the driver of the non-motorcycle vehicle who violates the motorcyclists’ right of way. 

There are a variety of reasons why motorcycles are discounted. Being mindful of these routine conditions may prevent the next motorcycle fatality or serious injury from occurring:  

  • Motorcycles are smaller relative to other vehicles
  • Motorists sometimes fail to anticipate a motorcycle’s movements
  • Motorists’ view of a motorcyclist is sometimes blocked by their own vehicle’s blind spots or by the presence of other vehicles
  • Motorists are sometimes distracted while driving
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