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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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The month of May is dedicated to Motorcycle Safety Awareness, a national safety initiative that focuses on motorists and motorcyclists “sharing the road” with one another. But more and more people are taking a stand and encouraging rider safety, maybe on a smaller scale, but just as powerfully. Steven Courtney is a perfect example.

Riders in Motion is a company that teaches rider safety. It was born five years ago after Steven Courtney was involved in a motorcycle crash in West Virginia that nearly killed him.

Steven said, it was hardest on his family when he was in the crash. He was airlifted to U. VA Medical Center with a broken arm that required reconstructive surgery.

“Our family members, the way they worry and care about people on motorcycles, is a big deal,” explained Courtney. “To see your son or daughter out there on a bike. You’re always thinking about where they are on their bike.”

Courtney healed and in doing so a new life purpose emerged; spreading the message of safety to the community. Within a year Riders in Motion was created.

Something as simple as wearing a helmet and protective clothing can mean the difference between life and death.

Motorcyclist Safety Tips

  • Motorcycles and vehicles should never attempt to share a lane.
  • Avoid traveling in poor weather conditions.
  • Wear brightly colored gear so that you can be seen by drivers.
  • Use turn signals at all times – when turning or changing lanes.
  • Never drive while impaired.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

There were more than 100 motorcycle accidents in the Valley, in 2013, according to the most recent and available data by the Virginia (VA) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

While in totality, during 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed– a 7% increase from the previous year.

Helmet Laws

Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Although your state may not require it, it’s not only a smart choice, but a safe one. The state of Virginia’s helmet law requires, “all low-power cycles operated at speeds greater than 35 mph or with an engine displacement greater than 50cc are covered by the motorcycle helmet law.”