Editor’s note: Following is a column submitted by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Motorcycle fatalities increased 40% in 2020 over the previous five-year average.
May is national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Wisconsin State Patrol is asking all motorcyclists and all other motorists to share the road, be alert and safe.
Preliminary data for 2020 for Wisconsin shows there were 2,095 motorcycle crashes, 1,788 motorcyclists injured and 112 motorcycle fatalities.
As warm weather returns, more motorcyclists will be on Wisconsin roads.
“Drivers must be in the habit of looking for motorcyclists,” said Capt. Craig Larson of the State Patrol’s Northwest Region based in Eau Claire.
“And motorcyclists should watch for other vehicles and get properly trained and licensed,” he said. “Together we can save lives.”
Motorcycle crashes often occur when a car or truck driver changes lanes, turns left or pulls out in front of a motorcycle.
Motorcycles are smaller