The 2022 motorcycle season could be the deadliest in the last 5 years


Motorcycle season isn’t even halfway through yet, and we’ve already seen 21 fatal motorcycle crashes this year in the state of Maine. Brian Bouchard tells us that this number is approaching a five-year high.

“It seems like in the last few years motorbikes have grown in popularity so we see a lot more of them on the roads and on days like today when the weather is nice and the sun is out people want to ride on motorcycles.

With more motorcycles on the road, Maine State Police Lt. Brian Harris said the phrase “Look Twice, Save a Life” is more than just a catchy public service slogan.

“When you’re coming out of an intersection, when you’re at a stop sign, at a stop light or whatever. We are always taught to look both ways twice before pulling back, take that extra half second and look again. Motorcycles are small, provided they have their headlights on. But on days like this, when the sun is shining, you’re kind of blinded by the glare and you can’t see that lighthouse.

“We’re just asking people to take a second look, take a second, look twice and make sure there’s no motorcyclist rounding that corner.”

Lauren Stewart, director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, said with the warm weather and summer in full swing, drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and watch out for two-wheeled motorists.

“We found that motor vehicle drivers, more often than not, tend to pull back in front of motorcyclists when turning left and their reasoning is almost always ‘I didn’t see them’

On the other hand, four-wheel riders share responsibility for safety with motorcyclists themselves, as more than half of all motorcycle fatalities in 2021 were single-vehicle and motorcycle-only crashes. It is important to remember:

* Biker training courses always full

* Obey all traffic laws and hold a proper license

* Use turn signals and turn signals at every lane change or turn

* Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective strips to increase visibility

* Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to other drivers

* Never ride distracted or impaired

Harris also adds:

“A lot of accidents that we’ve seen over the years, ones that I’ve personally had, a lot of serious injuries have been avoided by wearing a helmet. I know the question of whether you’re wearing one or no is a personal choice and preference, but we all suggest you wear a helmet, it prevents many injuries, protects you, this helmet will save your life.

This year’s 21 deaths are close to the highest number in five years. In 2020, 27 people died in motorcycle accidents according to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

Brian Bouchard, NewsSource8

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