According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in crashes dropped to 4,985 in 2018, an almost 5 percent decrease, but motorcycle riders are still overrepresented in traffic fatalities. The sense of freedom motorcycles provide draw many to the open road; however, both riders and motorists need to be aware of the risks associated with riding. In honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, the motorcycle lawyers at Dale E. Anstine remind riders – and drivers – to do their part to keep motorcyclists safe during peak riding season.
Drivers: Sun’s Out? Bikes Out!
With the weather in Central Pennsylvania finally seasonably sunny and warm, it’s important to be aware that you may encounter riders on the road when you are out and about, even on work commutes. Before getting behind the wheel, ask yourself – is today’s weather favorable for riders? Is today the kind of day to expect motorcycles on the streets? Where do I usually see motorcycles? Being aware of the potential to see motorcycles will better prepare you for your commute before you even leave your driveway.
Same Road. Same Rights.
Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. They have to follow the same traffic rules, including obeying all traffic signage and directives, and keep safe distances from other vehicles/bikes. However, some drivers violate these rights by:
- Not seeing riders;
- Not anticipating motorcycles’ movements;
- Not paying attention to an obstructed view by a blind spot, or;
- By being a distracted driver.
It’s important to stay alert for riders and treat them like you would any other vehicle when it comes to right of way.
Safety is in Style.
While laws vary from state to state on what motorcyclists are required to wear, the safest option is to wear “all the gear, all the time.” Even though full-face helmets, leather jackets, riding pants, motorcycle boots and gloves may seem like a lot to some riders, wearing the proper gear can help prevent serious injuries. Furthermore, according to InjuryFacts® 2017, helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries for riders, and 41% for passengers. It’s ultimately the individual choice of a rider, but we encourage safe riding at all times. Safety is always in style!
As we observe Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month this May, we want to remind everyone – riders and drivers – to practice safe driving to help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents. While we hope you never need us, if you or a loved one are injured, whether due to a motorcycle accident or a personal injury caused by other means, reach out immediately for medical help, and get an experienced PA personal injury lawyer on your side to protect your rights. Reach out to Dale E. Anstine today to learn more. With offices in York and Gettysburg, our team is proud to protect the injured across the Central Pennsylvania community. Consultations are always free, we’re available 24/7, and there’s no fee unless we win for you.