May is recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Florida, and this year the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally was held in Panama City Beach. After the rain passed, the Florida Department of Transportation was able to distribute safety information and talk with riders. The rider turnout was good after a slow and wet start to the event.
Sometimes it’s good to be noticed, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle. Too often motorists pull out in front of motorcycles, usually to make a left turn, causing deadly crashes just because they don’t see them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40 percent of two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle occur when another vehicle turns left while the motorcycle is going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.
Keeping the roadway safe for all users is the responsibility of both motorists and motorcyclists. Everyone can do their part.