May is recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Tennessee and Virginia, as more bikers are on the road during the warmer summer months.
During this month, road safety specialists encourage both motorists and motorcyclists to be safe and aware of each other on the road, reports tricities.com.
John Milliken, program coordinator for the Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program, says any impact a motorcyclist makes with a car is seriously dangerous for the biker, who “will lose every time.”
For this reason, Milliken teaches motorcyclists to drive defensively to avoid getting into a car accident.
He tells his students, “When riding, know what’s going on in front of you. See if people in cars are on their cell phones or are texting or drinking coffee.”
Milliken also advises his students to know their skill level and what they are capable of doing on the road.
Zach Collins, another coordinator for the Rider’s Edge program, advises riders to wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves, long pants over ankle boots, full finger gloves, and helmets that cover at least three-quarters of the rider’s head.
Both Tennessee and Virginia require motorcyclists to wear protective helmets that meet their respective safety standards.
Collins also encourages riders to install oscillating lights and loud pipes on their bikes to make motorists and other bikers on the road better aware of them.
Motorcycle safety programs are extremely useful in teaching riders how to minimize their risks on the road. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident with a motor vehicle, please contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today at 703-906-4229 for more information.