Colorado set a sad record in 2015. For the first time in its history, there were more than 100 motorcycle deaths in a year, according to a recent article from the Denver Post. Preliminary data from CDOT has 106 motorcycle fatalities in 2015. That’s an 11.7 percent increase from 2014 and a 20 percent increase from 2013.
The article goes on to state that last year, bikers between the age of 16 and 55 made up 78 percent of the deaths and 94 percent of those fatalities were men. Denver, Jefferson and El Paso counties had the highest fatality rates in the state, accounting for 40% of the accidents.
CDOT is now launching a new motorcycle safety campaign—Live to Ride. The program is “designed to help motorcyclists of all skill levels ride safely, have fun, and most importantly, stay alive.” There are three primary safety messages for this campaign:
- Get Training
- Ride Sober
- Wear Proper Protective Gear
As part of that campaign there is the “Ride Wise” portion, which stresses the importance of proper motorcycle training. You can take a training class from a MOST (Motorcycle Operator Safety Training) provider. CDOT has provided a list of MOST-certified training providers by area on its website. The Team at McDivitt Law Firm hopes all motorcyclists take advantage of these classes, whatever their skill level. It never hurts to brush up on your skills, and as CDOT has said in a slogan, “live free, die old.” For more information please visit CDOT’s website.
Also, here’s another safety tip from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Motorcycle antilock braking systems have been shown to reduce fatal crashes. You can check out which makes and model are equipped with ABS here. Safety on the road is important; let’s make sure Colorado doesn’t set a new record for 2016.
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