Staying Safe on a Motorcycle this Summer
I was scrolling online to review today’s news and read an article about a Utah Motorcyclist killed in Idaho. This particular accident involved a motorcycle colliding with a horse trailer. While I, myself, appreciate motorcycles, the freedom they bring, the sound of their engines, and how fun they are to ride – the terrifying statistics behind motorcycle injuries must be lowered. According to highwaysafety.ut.gov, the following statistics are applicable for 2019:
Traffic Safety Performance Measures for Utah 2009-2018 (Core Outcomes)
Source: Fatality and Injury Reporting System Tool;
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that motorcycle deaths rose from 38 to 47 in 2018. That was an increase of 24%, the highest growth in the State’s history.
Highway Patrol urges cyclists to help combat these statistics, especially new ones, to enroll in a rider skills class. This will help motorcyclists get heads-up training and necessary riding skills to keep themselves a little safer. Riding a motorcycle is much more complicated than driving a car, and you need some professional training. The State of Utah has set up a website, ridetolive.utah.gov, where Utahns may receive a 25% discount on such courses.
As reported by utahbikelaw.com.
In helping keep the road a little safer, remember:
- Drivers need to put down the cell phone;
- Always wear a helmet;
- Look twice;
- Follow the rules of the road; and
- Be careful and courteous.