Motorcycle Awareness Month Warns Drivers to Look Twice

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“What would be a simple car crash for two motor vehicles could end up being deadly for a motorcycle driver because they have no protection at all.” said Officer Joe Nickerson of the Casper Police Department.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, reminding cars to "Share the Road" and look twice.

“We say the quote,’Look twice and save a life.’ Now that its warming up a lot of people are getting their bikes out and riding, enjoying the nice weather and you need to make sure and check there's not a motorcycle coming that is a smaller profile vehicle, and you’re not pulling out in front of them.” said Nickerson.

Motorcyclists can also help protect themselves by doing a general safety inspection on their bike after it has been put away all winter.

“Checking things such as the pressure of your tires, function-ability of your brakes, fork seals, make sure nothing is leaking from your motorcycle.” said Steve Hickerstein, owner of The Chop Shop in Casper.

And although there is no helmet law in Wyoming, officers urge people to wear helmets.

“What could be a minor crash for even a motorcycle person, hitting your head on that pavement could turn into a fatality or a brain injury that a helmet could've protected you from.” said Nickerson.

The most recent nationwide statistics show helmet use has declined to only 60 percent of riders wearing helmets in 2012, but helmets aren't the only thing to protect you.

“Not just helmets but gloves, jackets, and armor inside of the riding apparel, that's very important, and absolute critical if you're in an accident that stuff can save your life.” said Hickerstein.

Nearly 5000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2012, which has been on the increase the last several years.

“Your vehicle is not as big, its not as high profile so people aren't going to see you as easily so allow for that. Make sure you're being a super defensive driver and allowing time at intersections and when approaching cars are coming make sure they see you and are aware of you before you make any turning movements.” said Nickerson.