Motorcycle riders aim to spread awareness this month
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and riders are urging motorists to share the road. Motorcycles represent 2 percent of registered vehicles but are involved in 12 percent of fatal traffic deaths.Posted — Updated
Motorcycles represent 2 percent of registered vehicles but are involved in 12 percent of fatal traffic deaths. The death toll rose from 97 in 2003 to 190 in 2007.
A month ago, Siim Eiland became a Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. He said the higher crash and fatality rates didn't curb his desire to ride.
"I've wanted a motorcycle for years," he said.
However, the 23-year-old says his parents were against it.
"Particularly, my mom, she hated the idea of a motorcycle. But then I got older and I no longer listen to mom so much," Eiland said.
A wreck involving a motorcycle tied up traffic during rush hour Tuesday on Interstate 40 at Harrison Avenue in Cary. The unidentified rider was injured. The state Highway Patrol has not yet said why the motorcycle, a vehicle and a tractor-trailer collided.
Motorcycle riders are often the injured person in collisions with vehicles, as they have no protection, except for a helmet.
Safety experts say it is important for both riders and drivers to be keenly aware of a vehicle's blind spot. They also suggest drivers take a second look when a motorcycle is approaching because it is sometimes difficult to judge how far away it is and how fast it is going.