Fort Benning officials are asking motorcycle riders to focus on safety during the approaching summer riding season. In support of this effort, the military’s Maneuver Center of Excellence is sponsoring a Motorcycle Mentorship D-Day Remembrance ride at the National Infantry Museum. This event will emphasize safe riding habits and the Army’s motorcycle riding policies, as well as tips for new riders to prevent motorcycle accidents. A total of 400 riders are expected to be on hand for the ride.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projects that more than 5,000 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2012, although official data is not yet available. In 2011, the total number of fatalities in motorcycle crashes was 4,612, an increase of two percent over 2010 numbers. While officials are unsure of the reasons for the steady increase in motorcycle deaths, one possible explanation is a higher volume of all types of traffic on the road as the economy continues to improve and more people are traveling or going to work.
The safety classes offered prior to the D-Day ride will include those on personal protective gear such as helmets, modifications to motorcycles, defensive driving techniques to avoid accidents, and how to deal with tire blowouts. Riders will also be given tips on pre-ride safety inspections on their equipment. After the safety classes, the riders will join in a two-hour ride to Eufaula, Alabama, to visit Florence Marina State Park.
Victims who have suffered injuries from motorcycle accidents may be entitled to seek payment of monetary damages by the drivers who hit them. A motorcycle accident attorney may represent the victims of such crashes in an effort to collect sums for medical bills, personal property damage, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Source: Ledger-Enquirer, “Safety session to help motorcyclists,” Ben Wright, June 5, 2013