Motorcyclists are nearly 5 times more likely to be injured and 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash than vehicle motorists.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and AAA Carolinas is urging motorists and riders to do their part to make roads safer.

“We have to remember that motorcyclists are very vulnerable and those of us who prefer four-wheeled vehicles have a major responsibility to keep riders safe,” said Tiffany Wright AAA Carolinas spokesperson.  “As warmer temperatures bring out more riders, motorists have to be extra vigilant and motorcyclists must ride responsibly and take precautions such as wearing bright colors and using headlights day and night to help keep everyone safe.”    

Last year in North Carolina, there were 165 fatalities related to motorcycle crashes, up 21 percent from 2017’s 136. 

Motorists can help make roads safer for motorcyclists by taking some simple precautions:

One of the most common reasons drivers give for cutting off or pulling out in front of a motorcycle is that they “didn’t see it.”

Motorcyclists can prevent crashes and injuries by:

For any riders interested in getting one-on-one or group training, AAA Approved MotoMark1 in North Carolina offers state-of-the-art motorcycle training courses utilizing instructor-to-student communication. MotoMark1 has been training riders for 16 years and has locations across North Carolina in Jacksonville, Wilkesboro, Burlington and Fayetteville. Watch their video here.