This number is alarmingly high given the ratio of riders to drivers. Saving lives is the responsibility of both drivers and motorcyclists.
Lowering Risk by Raising Awareness
Motorcyclists reduce their risk by wearing brightly-colored full protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, keeping their skills sharp by taking a motorcycle training course every year and always riding sober. But it's also the responsibility of everyone else on the road to practice safe driving habits around motorcyclists.
START SEEING MOTORCYCLISTS
As drivers of cars and trucks, it's our job to be aware of motorcyclists.
Look twice for motorcyclists before changing lanes and turning or pulling into an intersection.
Move your head to see around and check your vehicle's blind spots.
Give motorcyclists room to ride.
Pay attention and drive at safe speeds.
Riders have a duty to all those on the road, including fellow motorcyclists.
Wear all the gear all the time.
Stand out in traffic with high viz protective gear.
Respect other drivers and motorcyclists.
Don't stunt or ride aggressively or recklessly.
COMMON NEW RIDER MISTAKES
Assuming other drivers can see them.
Wearing dark colors while riding.
Not wearing full protective gear.
Buying a first bike that's too heavy or too powerful.
Riding beyond their ability.
Not taking a safety course.