This year has proven to be a tragic one for motorcyclists on Nebraska roadways, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group. As of July 24, traffic crashes have claimed the lives of 21 motorcycle riders in the state, compared to 20 motorcycle fatalities for the entire year in 2016.
With 3-4 months remaining in the riding season, AAA urges all motorists to stay alert and check twice for motorcycles before changing lanes, turning left, backing up or pulling into traffic.
• Avoid distractions that take your mind and eyes off of the roadway.
• Never tailgate a motorcyclist. Give them extra space as they may need to make sudden lane changes to avoid potholes or road debris.
• Riders should consider wearing clothing that makes them stand out in traffic, such as a reflective vest.
AAA encourages riders to take a basic riders training course or an experienced riders course to help develop defensive riding skills.
A list of the approved courses available can be found on the Nebraska Department of Transportation website.
With the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota Aug. 4-13, motorists will likely see an increase in motorcycle traffic on the roadways.