While motorcycles are fun and convenient to ride, they do not come without any risk of harm. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than drivers of any other vehicle in the United States. Additionally, while motorcycles account for only 2% of the registered vehicles in New York City, motorcycles are involved in 14% of all accidents in New York City. Because of the great risk of serious injury and death associated with riding motorcycles, it is important for motorcyclists to employ certain safety techniques to lessen their chances of becoming seriously hurt or killed in a motorcycle crash. Here, we outline some of the techniques motorcyclists can use to avoid injury or death in New York.
Plan Possible Escape Avenues While Riding
Whether you are riding on a highway or a busy city street, in most cases, it is not the best option for motorcyclists to simply lay their bike down if a car or truck pulls out unexpectedly in from of them or if the car or truck in front of them suddenly comes to a stop. Laying the bike down, especially when you are riding at high rates of speed, can cause the motorcyclists to suffer serious road rash, broken bones, or traumatic brain injury if your head hits the payment, and even death. Instead, when a motorcyclist is faced with a situation where a car or truck pulls out unexpectedly in front of him or her or the car or truck in from of him or her abruptly stops, motorcyclists are less likely to risk being in an accident and, therefore, less likely to suffer injury or death if they ride attentively and always pre-plan an escape route as to how they can swerve out of the way to avoid collision with an unexpected car or truck.
Sometimes, motorcyclists, especially new ones, panic when they take a corner too fast. While panicking, their first instinct may be to hit the brakes and chop the throttle. Because most motorcyclists primarily use front-wheel brakes to stop, hitting your brakes suddenly and hard could cause you to flip the motorcycle, fly off of the motorcycle, or lose traction. All of these consequences of hitting your brakes too hard and fast may result in serious injury or death to you depending on the circumstances. Instead, when you realize you are taking a turn too fast, the best thing to do to avoid getting into an accident is to not panic and trust your handling skills.
Do Not Drink and Ride
While this may seem to go without saying given that there are thousands of drunk driving deaths that occur in the United States annually, incidents of drunk riding is among the leading causes of motorcycle accident fatalities. To avoid any motorcycle accidents that may be attributable to you, you should not ride your motorcycle at all after you drink alcohol.
Avoiding Riding in Inclement Weather
Because motorcyclists are mostly unprotected by the elements when they ride and because it is relatively easy for motorcycle tires to lose traction if they are on slick surfaces, it is best to avoid riding in the rain, sleet, and snow altogether. Rain causes slick surfaces, lowered visibility, and constantly splashes the motorcyclists. Sleet, snow, and ice, on the other hand, causes even slicker surfaces and lowered visibility. If you have to ride in inclement weather, it is best that you ride slowly and be attentive to discover any pot holes or road obstructions that could cause you to be in a collision.
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, Attorneys at Law represent clients injured because of motorcycle accidents in Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, throughout New York, and Bethel, Connecticut. Call (212) 500-1003 or fill out 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 The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, New York, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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