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We see it every year: As the weather improves, there are more and more motorcycles on the road. But while motorcyclists enjoy the freedom their bikes provide, they are also at higher risk for serious injury in an accident. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than a driver in another motor vehicle. Earlier this month, two accidents involving motorcycles occurred in Erie on the same day.

We have put together a list of reminders for riders and other drivers to help everyone stay safe this spring:

Safety tips for motorcyclists 

  • Remember to yield – in 96% of fatal motorcycle crashes across the country, the bike is the striking vehicle.
  • Wear a helmet – This one is said again and again. Riders are less likely to experience a traumatic head injury if they are wearing a helmet, plain and simple.
  • Keep a safe distance – Many drivers are not watching closely for motorcycles. Maintaining more distance keeps you out of their blind spot as well as gives you more time to react.
  • Make yourself noticeable – Keeping your headlight on and wearing brighter colors can increase visibility to other vehicles.

Safety tips for other drivers

  • Check your blind spot – Motorcycles can accidentally hide. Double-check during nice weather to ensure there is nothing in your blind spot.
  • Use your turn signal – No one can read minds. Give other drivers, including motorcyclists, a chance to react.
  • Avoid distractions – A few seconds where your attention is drawn away from the road might be all the time it takes for a motorcycle to cross your path.

Accidents occur less when everyone remembers to share the road. As we head into the summer months, remember these tips to avoid a motorcycle crash.