Over the past several years, the number of motorcycles that are registered in the state of Oklahoma has risen. Unfortunately, this increase in the number of bikers on the road has correlated with a larger number of serious motorcycle accidents.
Data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office shows there was a 2 percent gain in the number of motorcycle endorsements issued between 2012 – 2013. During that same time frame, Oklahoma motorcycle accident fatalities increased by almost 11 percent.
In order to help address the risks of riding a motorcycle in Oklahoma, officials have declared the month of May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The campaign kicks off today with the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Safety Day being held in Oklahoma City.
As part of the event, speakers—including LT. Governor Todd Lamb, Directors of ODOT and OHSO, the Commissioner of the DPS, the Chief of the Patrol, and Senator Paddack—will each discuss topics concerning motorcycle safety. These include the use of proper safety gear, getting licensed to ride a motorcycle, sharing the road with other vehicles, and seeking training before taking a motorcycle out on the road.
According to an article from 1600 KUSH AM, the event kicks off at 11 a.m. and will continue until around 2 p.m. at the South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we are aware of the important role educational events can play in motorcycle safety. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers encourage you to attend if you or a loved one ride motorcycles. Doing so could save a life.