The open road, the feel of the wind on your face, the hum of the engine beneath you – for many, motorcycle riding is more than just a method of transportation; it’s a passion. But, as the recent press release from the Colorado State Patrol Department of Safety reveals, this passion is not without its risks. In a year that set a grim record, the importance of safety on the roads becomes even more pronounced.
In 2022, an alarming 149 motorcycle riders lost their lives in Colorado, representing a staggering 20% of the state’s total traffic fatalities. To put this number into perspective, El Paso, another favorite state for motorists, had 25 total fatalities for 2022.
The year 2023, despite being just seven months in, has already witnessed 36 motorcycle-related deaths in Colorado. While we continuously stress the importance of motorists being vigilant and respectful of motorcyclists on the road, Col. Matthew C. Packard, the chief of the Colorado State Patrol, brings out a crucial point: motorcyclists must prioritize their own safety, driving responsibly, and acknowledging their vulnerability on the road.
But who are these riders? Surprisingly, the average age of those who faced fatal accidents this year was 44. This dispels the myth that it’s only younger, inexperienced riders at risk. Regardless of age or experience, every rider must be fully aware of their surroundings, avoid vehicle blind spots, and observe speed limits.
It’s not just about individual responsibility. Community-based efforts can play a significant role in ensuring rider safety. Organizations like ABATE (A Brotherhood Active Towards Education) of Colorado work tirelessly to promote motorcyclists’ rights while simultaneously providing invaluable motorcycle education. Based in Fort Morgan, ABATE’s District 1 serves all of northeast Colorado, working diligently to spread the message of safety and community involvement.
For Morgan County riders and those in the surrounding areas, engaging with local initiatives and events hosted by ABATE of Colorado District 1 can be an excellent way to cultivate a safety-first mentality while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts.
The sobering stats from the past year and a half are a stark reminder of the perils of the road. However, by working together, being vigilant, and promoting safety education, we can hope for a safer future for all Colorado riders. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact OnderLaw today for your free, no-obligation consultation.