"Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which is why it is the ideal time for us to remind the community about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders", said Sandra Brandon, MCSO spokesperson. "It can be easy to overlook a motorcycle due to their smaller size".
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and it's time to remind everyone to stay alert and share the road with motorcyclists.
Working to prevent these fatalities, local and state officials are striving to raise awareness of motorcycle safety throughout the month of May.
OH saw a 20 percent decline in fatal motorcycle crashes from 2016 to 2017.
The awareness campaigns hard work are hoping to catch the eye of drivers, especially with the classic yellow "Watch For Motorcycles" bumper sticker.
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In 2016, data shows there were 560 motorcyclists killed and more than 14,400 injured. "Just like motorists buckling their seat belts, using a helmet can drastically increase survival rates in the event of a vehicle crash". "The short amount of time spent in training translates into many safe miles of riding by helping riders sharpen reflexes and hone the split-second decision making required to safely operate a motorcycle".
CHP officials said the majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle collisions are caused when other drivers simply did not see the motorcyclist.
"Many insurers offer discounts for motorcyclists who have completed safety courses approved by PennDOT", said Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. Motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten.
-Always allow more follow distance-three to four seconds-when behind a motorcycle.