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Motorcycle safety in focus this month

As more and more motorcyclists are getting out on the roads across the United States, it isn't a bad time to remind riders to always put safety first. May, as some readers may know, is actually dedicated to motorcycle safety awareness. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, May has been declared Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

On its website, the NHTSA makes a point of highlighting two particularly important issues concerning motorcycle safety. The first is the importance of sharing the roadway. The obligation obviously goes both ways: not only are motorists required to give motorcyclists an appropriate amount of space on the road, motorcyclists are also required to respect drivers by giving them appropriate space when trailing and passing. When motorcyclists and other motorists fail to respect each others' space, accidents can happen. 

The other important issue highlighted in the awareness campaign is the importance of sober riding. Unfortunately, there is a fairly significant percentage of motorcyclists who ride while intoxicated. The risks of doing so are obvious. In addition, riding while intoxicated could potentially lead to a motorcyclist being unable to collect damages--or at least having those damages reduced--when an accident is caused by another driver. This can happen because of the principle of comparative negligence, which we discussed in our last couple posts.

Motorcyclists do, of course, have the right to seek out appropriate compensation when they are harmed in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, and it is important for them to work with an experienced attorney in doing so. 

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