Fatal Motorcycle Accidents on the Rise in Utah

Alarming Statistics

 In 2023, there were 13 fatal motorcycle crashes in Utah, compared to 9 in 2022, and just 6 in 2021.

Importance of  Staying Alert  as a Motorcycle Rider

• Increased Vulnerability • Visibility and Awareness • Skill Enhancement

Increased Vulnerability

Motorcyclists lack the protective barriers provided by cars, making them more susceptible to severe injuries or fatalities in the event of an accident.

Visibility and Awareness

Motorcycle riders should strive to enhance their visibility to other drivers on the road. Wearing brightly colored, reflective gear, and utilizing headlights during the day can significantly improve the chances of being seen by other motorists. Additionally, riders should maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and avoid blind spots.

Skill Enhancement

Regularly updating riding skills and knowledge through advanced training courses can greatly improve a motorcyclist’s ability to handle challenging situations.

Importance of Staying Alert as a Driver

Consider the following points when you drive: • Share the Road • Avoid Distractions • Patience and Awareness

Share the Road

Motorcycles share the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle does on the road. It is imperative for all other drivers to be mindful of motorcyclists and respect their space on the road as you would any other vehicle.

Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving is the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents. As a driver it is your duty to eliminate distractions such as mobile phones, eating, or adjusting the radio while you operate a vehicle. If you must, pull over to a safe place, use your phone, and put it away before riding again.

Patience and Awarness

Motorcycles are much smaller and more maneuverable than cars, which can oftentimes make them more challenging to spot. With this in mind a driver must exercise patience while they are driving, particularly during lane changes.  Using turn signals well in advance to indicate your intentions to all those who you share the road with.

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