May 2, 2007

ICBC reminds motorcyclists and drivers to use extra caution this summer

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is asking motorcyclists and drivers to use extra caution, as May marks the start of motorcycle season around the province. Most motorcycle-involved crashes occur from May to September; there were approximately 1,200 injuries and 43 fatalities in motorcycle-related crashes in 2005.

In 2001, there were approximately 49,000 insured motorcycles in the province; in 2005, the number increased to 65,000. According to ICBC claims data, motorcycles are up to 15 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, and up to three times more likely to be involved in an injury crash.

To publicize that May is Motorcycle Safety Month, ICBC is running a provincial advertising campaign until May 31. It also offers the following safety tips for drivers to be cautious for motorcyclists, especially when turning at intersections; actively look for motorcyclists, as they can be difficult to see in the mix of traffic; allow at least three seconds of following distance when you are behind a motorcycle; and make eye contact with the rider whenever possible.

Motorcyclists should watch for vehicles turning at intersections; check vehicles approaching from behind when stopped in traffic; slow down and take it easy on curves; never assume other motorists see you; wear bright and reflective protection clothing; and always wear a helmet.

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