August 07, 2017|
Motorcycle Fatalities in Nebraska Exceed Those Reported for All of 2016
This year has proven to be a tragic one for motorcyclists on Nebraska roadways, reports AAA – The Auto Club Group. As of July 24, 2017, traffic crashes have claimed the lives of 21 riders. This compares to 20 motorcycle fatalities for the entire year in 2016.
With three to four months remaining in the riding season, AAA is urging all motorists to stay alert and check twice for motorcycles before changing lanes, turning left, backing up, or pulling into traffic. Avoid distractions that take your mind and eyes off of the roadway. Never tailgate a motorcyclist. Give them extra space as they may need to make sudden lane changes to avoid potholes or road debris. Riders should consider wearing clothing that makes them standout in traffic, such as a reflective vest. AAA encourages riders to take a basic riders training course or an experienced riders course to help develop defensive riding skills. A list of the approved courses available can be found on the Nebraska Department of Transportation website.
With the upcoming Sturgis Rally in South Dakota August 4-13, motorists will likely see an increase in motorcycle traffic on our roadways.
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