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Ohio cyclists encourage motorcycle awareness

Many Ohio motorcyclists are taking part in an effort to increase awareness of cyclists. Along with May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, there is an effort to remind motorists that cyclists will be back on the road after the winter hiatus and to watch out for riders to prevent a motorcycle accident. In Muskingum County county alone, there are around 4,000 motorcycles registered, and there were three fatalities resulting from accidents in 2012 that could have been prevented.

The main idea that cyclists want motorists to take away is that they should keep an eye out for people on motorcycles. As their motto states, "Look twice, save a life." According to an American Bikers Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) coordinator, due to the slim construction of motorcycles, people who only glance before pulling out can easily miss seeing them.

ABATE takes an active role in increasing motorist awareness of cyclists, and they have around 175 members in several different counties in Ohio. In addition to their participation in an annual awareness ride, which is taking place on May 19, members also speak at weekly drivers' education classes where they teach soon-to-be drivers about motorcycle safety.

When someone is in a motorcycle accident, they are far more likely to suffer major injuries due to the size and protection difference between an automobile and a motorcycle. If someone has been in a motorcycle accident, they may end up with massive medical bills and lost wages due to missing time at work. People in this situation may want to speak with an attorney to find out if they have legal recourse.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, "Bikers, officials promote motorcycle awareness," Hannah Sparling, April 24, 2013

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