May is motorcycle safety month in the United States.
Yes all need to be reminded to look out for motorcycle riders. The air is warm and days are longer, it’s an ideal time to ride. That being said, locally we have seen 3 fatality this year. Car vs motorcycle or single crash due to speed. Great losses to families and trauma to those involved.
Here is some eye opening stats from the state of Oregon.
Motorcycle Crash Data
Between January 1 of 2022 and February 1 2023 OSP has covered 251 crashes that involved
motorcycles. 44 of the above mentioned crashes resulted in a fatality. Oregon Crash Data Link
A few good reminders for all!
- Hi-Vis Jacket
- Headlight ON
- Safety Course (refresher or new)
- Check Motorcycle ie tire pressure, brakes, suspension
- Be Alcohol and Drug Free, Stay Alert!
Be especially alert at intersections because a large percentage of motorcycle-vehicle collisions occur there! Watch for vehicles that may unexpectedly turn in front of you or pull out from a side street or driveway.
According to crash statistics collected by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the majority of fatal motorcycle accidents occur on weekend nights between the hours of 3 PM and Midnight.
Have you heard of “Tar Snakes”? If you ride much, you have. They are cracks in the roadway that have been filled with a sealant, usually a soft tar based substance. It keeps the cracks from expanding in the road. When the weather warms the tar could soften. Traction on two wheels needs to be maintained, so be aware of road conditions at all times.