Summer in Montana--that time when the open road beckons to all travelers to explore our state’s beauty. Unfortunately, it is also a time when traffic crashes on our roads increase; particularly among motorcycle riders. To date, there have been 11 motorcycle fatalities on Montana roads in 2017. MDT would like to remind drivers to be alert and watch for motorcycles on the road. Their size can make them harder to see; particularly around larger vehicles and increased traffic volumes.
Motorcyclists also have a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe by learning defensive riding and maneuvering skills while using appropriate safety gear. Without wearing a helmet, a motorcyclist in a crash is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury than a motorcyclist wearing a helmet. Motorcyclists and passengers should also wear high visibility yellow or orange to catch the attention of other drivers on the road.
As Montana works to reach zero deaths and zero serious injuries on all roads, all motorists need to be aware of others. One death on our roads, regardless of cause, is unacceptable. Let’s make this travel season safe by practicing safe, alert driving behavior! Find out more about motorcycle safety in Montana here