July 2016 Newsletter
This Month’s Topic Motorcycle Safety:
There’s nothing like the freedom of the open road on a motorcycle. With some of the best roads in the world right in our backyard, now is a great time to explore Colorado by motorcycle.
Motorcycle Fatality stats:
94 operators were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2014 • Motorcyclist fatalities represented 19% of Colorado’s total traffic fatalities (94 of 488) • Motorcyclist fatalities increased from 87 fatalities in 2013 to 94 in 2014, an 8% increase • The 8% increase in motorcyclist fatalities is a larger change than observed for overall traffic fatalities, which increased by 1% in 2014 • 23 (24%) motorcycle operators killed did not have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license • 74 (68%) motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes were determined to be “at fault” • 44 (79%) fatal crashes involved only the motorcycle and no other vehicle • 26 (28%) motorcycle operators killed had a blood alcohol content (BAC) equal to or greater than 0.08 • 60 (63%) motorcycle operators killed were not wearing a helmet
This Summer The Colorado Department of Transportation is turning up the heat on motorcycle safety with their “Live to Ride” initiative.
Here are some tips From CDOT to ensure a safe ride this summer!
Live to Ride!
CDOT’s Live to Ride campaign is designed to help motorcyclists of all skill levels ride safely, have fun, and most importantly, stay alive. Live to Ride endorses three primary safety messages:
·Get Training: Lack of training is a factor in Colorado’s fatal motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle riders were found to be at fault in 7 out of 10 fatal crashes.
·Ride Sober: Impaired riding is also a major problem. 14% of riders killed in motorcycle crashes in 2013 were under the influence of alcohol.
·Wear Proper Protective Gear: Nearly two-thirds of the riders killed in Colorado last year were not wearing a helmet or were wearing it incorrectly.
Just as football players are required to suit up for the big game, or pilots must complete hundreds of hours of training in order to fly solo, riders need to wear protective gear and get proper training to know how to handle their machines. And riding sober, well, that’s just common sense.
What to do if You Are injured:
Call attorney John Ferris! If you don’t receive a settlement for your case, you don’t pay a dime… You have Rights! Get Legal Help Now! Call 303-377-5500.
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