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Michigan recognizes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and here in Michigan bikers and motorcycle groups are spreading information about what motor vehicle drivers and bikers can do to prevent tragic accidents.

Of course, it is important for bikers and drivers to share the roads and follow traffic laws in order to avoid collisions. Car vs. motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic and these become more common in the spring and summer months, so May is a good time for drivers and motorcyclists alike to make sure that they are driving safe.

The president of the ABATE of Michigan motorcycle group talked to MLive.com about several things bikers and drivers can do to prevent accidents.

Car, SUV and truck drivers should:

  1. Avoid making left-hand turns in front of motorcycles. Many crashes occur when drivers make such turns after miscalculating the speed of an oncoming motorcycle; it is very difficult to judge speed and it is best to simply not make these dangerous turns.
  2. Not tailgate motorcycles.
  3. Be aware that motorcycles are on the roads and look for them.

Motorcyclists should:

  1. Get endorsed. Non-endorsed bikers account for the majority of motorcycle accident fatalities. Taking the Michigan state classes and the test to become endorsed can greatly improve motorcycle safety. These classes help ensure that motorcyclists have the skills to come to quick stops, make U-turns and maneuver potholes, among other things.

By following these tips as well as more basic things--like avoiding distractions while driving, and never driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol--bikers and car drivers can help curb motorcycle accidents this season.

Source: MLive.com, "Traffic talk: How drivers, bikers can improve motorcycle safety on the roads," May 13, 2013

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