Motorcycle riders are some of the most vulnerable people on the road and are often injured or killed in traffic accidents. Because the statistics surrounding motorcycle accidents and injuries are so alarming, safety advocates go to great lengths to remind the public about the importance of sharing the road. As part of this effort, cities and states throughout the country have declared May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
At the end of April, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval officially proclaimed the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. In his proclamation, Governor Sandoval cited that Nevada is a popular attraction for motorcycle riders, both for recreation and commuting. In an effort to reduce the number of preventable motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road, he highlighted the need for:
- Increased safety education for riders
- Proper safety equipment and gear
- Reductions in drunk driving / drunk riding
- A stronger focus on defensive riding
- Awareness for all motorists to safely share the road
Safe operation, increased rider training, and motorist awareness are the focal points of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To accomplish this, motorcycle clubs and organizations will be working hand-in-hand with highway safety officials, the Office of Traffic Safety, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety.
At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have worked with many victims and families who have been affected by preventable motorcycle accidents. We have seen just how tremendously these tragedies can affect riders and their loved ones, and we support new efforts to increase awareness about motorcycle safety.