According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motocyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2016 fatal crash data. To keep motorcyclists safe, the National Safety Council, Nebraska encourages all motorcycle riders to complete a safety training course.
Riding a motorcycle requires physical and mental attentiveness. Motorcycle safety training courses through the Sarpy County Safety Program utilizes the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's curriculum based on years of scientific and field experience.
When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, according to NHTSA it is usually the other driver who has violated the motorcyclist's right of way. Drivers need to focus on the road and motorcyclists need to be educated on how to react if that should happen.
Why do drivers often violate motorcyclists' right of way?
- Motorcycles are relatively small and drivers don't see them
- Drivers don't anticipate motorcycles' movements
- The driver's view of the motorcyclist is obstructed, often by the vehicle's blind spots or other vehicles
- Distracted driving
Motorcycle safety training courses provide instruction to riders and prospective riders to learn the proper way to operate a motorcycle or three-wheeled motorcycle. For more information on available courses, visit the Sarpy County Motorcycle Safety Training website.