Chris Howell, NewsOn6.com
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has proclaimed May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and is asking motorists to share the road with bikers. In 2007, 74 Oklahomans lost their lives in motorcycle accidents.
"The fatality rate is higher just because there is no protection on a motorcycle," said Trooper Jon Moser, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Motorcycle Division. "Regardless of whether the motorcyclist causes the crash or not they're generally on the losing end as far as injuries are concerned."
Phil McDonald is an instructor with the Motorcycle Safety Training Center and advises both those new to the road and more veteran motorcyclists to take a motorcycle safety training course.
"It takes a person who has never ridden and teaches them basic skills, and then we have an experienced rider course to give them a little bit more of what they need to practice, bad habits they might have and how to fix them," said McDonald.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office offers these tips to bikers:
For passenger vehicles they offer these tips: