An event like Ride to Work Day provided an opportunity for motorcyclists to show just how many Alabama residents actually ride motorcycles every day for a variety of reasons, including going to work.
Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) June 29, 2013
Birmingham personal injury attorney Keith T. “Kit” Belt Jr. said today that he hopes recent events such as the national Ride to Work Day on June 17 have increased recognition of the rights of motorcycle riders on state roads.
“An event like Ride to Work Day provided an opportunity for motorcyclists to show just how many Alabama residents actually ride motorcycles every day for a variety of reasons, including going to work,” said Belt, founder of the Belt Law Firm, P.C., which represents victims of motorcycle accidents in Alabama.
“Hopefully, events such as that one and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May have increased motorists’ awareness that motorcyclists are their neighbors, and they have a duty to share the road in a safe manner with them and reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths,” he said.
Ride to Work is a non-profit organization that supports the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation and provides information about everyday utility riding to the public. Since 1995, the organization has promoted National Ride to Work Day on the third Monday in June.
National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May was an event promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as state and local agencies and organizations, including the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).
Belt pointed out that motorcycle registrations represent only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the U.S., but that fatal motorcycle accidents account for 14 percent of total highway deaths in our country, according to the NHTSA.
The NHTSA also reports that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of cars and five times more likely to be injured.
According to ALDOT, preliminary data for 2012 indicates that there were 81 fatalities and 1,428 injuries in 1,830 crashes involving motorcycles.
Belt said the NHTSA recommends that drivers share the road safety with motorcyclists by:
- Remaining on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times
- Signaling all lane changes and turns
- Checking mirrors and blind spots.
Belt said that one important way to encourage drivers to safely share the road with motorcyclists is to hold careless drivers responsible when they cause motorcycle accidents.
“We support those who enjoy riding motorcycles in Alabama,” Belt said. “We also support holding accountable those who would act irresponsibly or recklessly and cause motorcycle accidents.”
About Belt Law Firm, P.C.
Belt Law Firm, P.C., is an Alabama personal injury law firm that represents the victims of dangerous and defective products throughout the communities of Birmingham, Bessemer, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Homewood, Jefferson County, Shelby County, Walker County, Blount County and St Clair County. Although the firm’s focus is on local litigation in Alabama, the firm’s attorneys practice throughout the country. Belt Law Firm has lawyers licensed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New Mexico and Colorado. The firm’s Birmingham office is located at 2204 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 208, Birmingham, AL 35209 (local phone 205-933-1500). To learn more, call the firm toll-free at (888) 933-1514 or use its online form.