Motorcycle season means more focus on safety
News from Maple Valley Reporter:

Spring marks the beginning of motorcycle season when many bikers pull their motorcycles out of winter hibernation to cruise Northwest roads and highways. Unfortunately, with more miles ridden and more bikes on the road, that usually means more motorcycle accidents too.

Motorcycle crash fatalities in the United States increased by 7.1 percent from 4,630 deaths in 2011 to 4,957 deaths in 2012, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Approximately 8.5 million motorcycles were on U.S. roads in 2012 with 81,000 motorcyclists injured in motorcycle crashes.  In 2010, 96,600 motorcycles were involved in property damage-only crashes, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

While safety is the best policy, make sure you also have an insurance policy that protects both you and your motorcycle if you are involved in an accident.

“It’s important for other motorists to be on the lookout for motorcycles,” said Karl Newman, NW Insurance Council president. “It’s also important for motorcyclists to ride safely and have ins…………… continues on Maple Valley Reporter

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