Unfortunately, motorcycle crashes and fatalities are on the rise in Oklahoma. Fatalities rose from 75 in 2010 to 94 in 2011. In 2010, the State Highway Safety Office reported that 1,377 people were injured in motorcycle accidents.
In response to this increase, the state Public Safety Department is working with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s motorcycle division to offer free motorcycle safety classes, which are offered throughout the state. At the classes, troopers teach motorcyclists basic riding and functional skills. The importance of wearing proper protective gear is stressed to help motorcyclists avoid and survive dangerous situations on the road.
Extensive information regarding motorcycle safety has been published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) including this advice for motorcyclists:
- Attend a rider-training course
- Wear a helmet and eye protection
- Do not ride in a car’s blind spot
- Obtain a proper motorcycle license
- Obey traffic laws and drive defensively
- Drive sober
- Do not ride with a passenger until you have considerable solo experience
- Wear protective shoes, gloves and clothing
- Be sure your motorcycle is safe before every ride
- Increase your visibility to other drivers by wearing reflective material and keeping headlights on, even during the day
Despite the precautions motorcyclists may take, they may still be injured due to the negligence of another driver. According to the NHTSA, the majority of multi-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle are caused by the other driver’s failure to notice the motorcycle. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Oklahoma to discuss your case.