According to the most recent traffic statistics, the number of motorcycle accidents in Montgomery and elsewhere in the state has not budged. There has been little to no progress made in the reduction of these accidents and these fatalities. According to Alabama Live, the state reports that about 10 percent of all traffic accident fatalities were of motorcyclists from 2008 through 2011.
In 2011, there were nearly 1,000 highway fatalities in the state of Alabama, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. About 100 of these traffic fatalities, or a little more than 10 percent, were motorcyclists. These accidents affect riders of all ages, too. One of the youngest motorcycle riders killed in these accidents was a 9-year-old. There were also 71- and 75-year-old victims.
Our Montgomery motorcycle accident attorneys understand that the number of traffic accident fatalities in the state started to dip in 2008, but the number of riders killed has remained stubbornly high nationwide. Officials with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report riding accidents have been on the rise for more than a decade.
The truth of the matter is that drivers aren’t paying attention to these two-wheeled motorists and they’re in trouble because of it. They’re oftentimes overlooked on our roadways because of their small size. Although they may be smaller motorists, they still have the same rights to our roadways as you and I.
Safe driving advocates with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offer some safe driving tips to motorcyclists along with a number of courses for motorcycle safety. One of the closest locations to participate in these courses is at the University of Montevallo.
Throughout the summer travel season, we see a significant increase in the number of motorcyclists on our roadways. With the summer weather, riders get to dust off their helmets and hit the open road. Unfortunately, the increase in motorcycle riders brings about increased risks for traffic accidents. Motorcyclists are urged to be safe and cautious out there. Staying alerts and practicing defensive driving habits may be one of the most effective ways to stay out of an accident.
Motorcycle Safety Tips:
-Never travel in a driver’s blind spot.
-Make yourself as noticeable as possible.
-Always use your blinker and make your movements in traffic as predictable as possible.
-Wear brightly-colored clothing to help other motorists to see you.
-Always expect the unexpected. Oftentimes drivers are not paying attention at the wheel. Be ready for their mistakes.
-Never assume that a driver sees you.
-Slowdown in inclement weather.
-Keep an eye on your speed.
-Wear a helmet. It’s one of your best defenses against injury and death in the event of an accident.
-Wear other protective gear, like gloves and a jacket.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Montgomery or elsewhere in the state of Alabama, contact the injury lawyers at Allred & Allred P.C. to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 334.396.9200.
Driver’s Side: Alabama traffic deaths on decline except among motorcyclists, by Ginny MacDonald, Alabama Live
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