Statistics on Motorcycle Accident Fatalities
Given the harrowing statistics of motorcycle accident fatalities in the United States, taking safety measures when riding should be of the utmost importance for new and experienced motorcyclists alike. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) reported that, in 2016, 5,286 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents throughout the country. In that same year, the NHTSA further reported that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in a crash than car occupants per vehicle mile traveled. Accordingly, taking certain safety precautions when riding can mean the difference between life and death for many motorcyclists. For this reason, we provide you with the following motorcycle safety tips so that you may decrease your chances of getting into an accident while riding.
Riding defensively is perhaps the best way a motorcyclist can avoid getting into an accident. This is because, oftentimes, drivers of motor vehicles negligently operate their vehicles, which can have the unintended but serious consequence of creating hazardous riding conditions for motorcyclists. Riding defensively means that you pay attention to your surroundings while riding, maintain a good distance between your motorcycle and other motorcycles or motor vehicles, always have an escape route in the event that another vehicle invades your space, and constantly scan the roadway in front of you for any hazards such as large potholes or debris, which could pose a risk to you if you hit it. By practicing defensive riding, motorcyclists are less likely to be caught off guard by the actions of a negligent driver on the road and will be in a position to react appropriately if they do encounter a negligent driver.
Perform Regular Maintenance on your Motorcycle
Just like other motor vehicles, motorcycles need routine maintenance checks and repairs in order to keep them functioning properly. Failure to keep up with routine maintenance on your motorcycle can lead to brake failure, engine failure, or even loss of steering. These types of malfunctions can cause you to crash if they occur while you are riding. Accordingly, you should follow your motorcycle’s manufacturer recommendations and perform routine pre-ride checks of your motorcycle to ensure that a malfunction will not occur while you are riding.
Avoid Riding in Inclement Weather
While this may sometimes be unavoidable because weather conditions can change unexpectedly, it is prudent to try to avoid riding in icy, snowy, rainy, or high wind conditions. Ice, snow, and rain makes roads slick, which, in turn, can cause your motorcycle to lose traction with the ground and you to lose control of the motorcycle. Similarly, high wind conditions can impact your ability to balance on the motorcycle and, consequently, can cause you to lose control of the motorcycle. When motorcyclists lose control of their motorcycles, crashes often result. To decrease the chances of you losing control of your motorcycle while riding, it is best to avoid riding in inclement weather.
Know and Ride within your Experience Level
When you are a new rider, you may overestimate your abilities to ride a motorcycle. Specifically, you may try to ride at a speed that you are not comfortable with or you may try to ride a more powerful motorcycle than you are ready for. Doing either is likely to cause you to lose control of your motorcycle and crash. For this reason, it is important that you understand your riding abilities and avoid trying to ride at a higher skill level than you are.
Do Not Ride Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
The effects of drugs and alcohol on motorcyclists when riding are the same as on drivers when they are operating motor vehicles. Drugs and alcohol cause motorcyclists to lose their coordination and to have shortened reaction times, both of which is likely to cause a crash. For this reason, motorcyclists should not ride while they are under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case in New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of motorcycle accidents in all of the New York City boroughs, and throughout New York. Call (212) 500-1003 or fill our our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503, New York, New York 10165, as well as offices in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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