Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road. However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road. Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner:
In an effort to raise motorcycle safety awareness, we are highlighting some common themes that tend to occur when a motorcycle accident occurs, as well as some safety statistics. It is so important to respectfully share the road with other vehicle and motorcycle drivers in an effort to prevent accidents on the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists may be particularly vulnerable to injury due to to their exposure to the outside elements when they're riding. According to an article cited at the bottom of this post, here are some interesting facts relating to motorcycle accidents:
The month of May is designated as Motorcycle Safety Month, which means that it's the time of year when motorcycles tend to increase on our state's roads. It is important for both motorcycle and car drivers to be aware of each other and follow a few basic safety tips to keep everyone alert and safe on the road! Wear your helmet, give other cars and riders plenty of room, and share the road. Motorcycle riders can also take free refresher classes through the PA Motorcycle Safety Program.
Unfortunately, it does seem like Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents each year, which leaves other drivers stranded on the highways for a long period of time while waiting for crash sites to be cleared. However, Pennsylvania officials have recognized how frustrating this can be and are trying to keep drivers more informed.
It's not so safe to be a pedestrian or bicyclist in our state sometimes. A review of recent PennDOT statistics shed light into just how many accidents occur on our state's roads and byways per year. Using statistics from 2014 accidents, our law office found the following information:
Did you hear about the new driving law in Pennsylvania? New legislation that was signed into law recently allows Pennsylvania drivers to go through red lights under some circumstances. The spirit of the law states that this is to address potentially malfunctioning red lights, especially if you are a motorcycle driver. Sometimes, motorcyclists don't register under red light in-ground sensors and can be stuck at red lights for an extended period of time.
Are you prepared for the road this Labor Day weekend? An article in a recent edition of USA Today may give you a lot to think about. According to their reports, car crash deaths are on the rise, even though cars are considered safer. This Labor Day weekend may end up being the deadliest one since 2008, according to the National Safety Council. They predict that fatal accidents on the road may result in over 400 deaths this coming weekend. Across the country, around 20,000 people have been killed in road accidents since 2016 began. Millions more people were injured.
Recently, a terrible accident occurred on I-81 in Pennsylvania that involved a motorcycle driver and a tractor-trailer. The motorcycle driver crashed when a blanket got stuck into his back wheel, then was hit when multiple tractor-trailers consequently ran over him. The driver was thrown from his cycle, where he was hit by the large oncoming trucks. According to reports, none of the tractor-trailers drivers stopped to help or investigate the accident. State police are still looking for the drivers.
Well, Pennsylvanians, "construction season" is unofficially here. Need some tips as to how to keep your sanity and keep yourself/others safe on the road? Check out these tips below, courtesy of DrivingAmbitionInc.com.
Recently, an article from Vanderbilt University highlighted the heightened dangers that motorcyclists face during the spring months. According to the article, surgeons at Vanderbilt's medical center have noticed that there is a large increase in motorcycle accidents when the weather gets better. Experts have coined the term "trauma season" from April through September and, at Vanderbilt, they typically see a 50% increase in patients injured by major trauma during this time period. This year, the increase in trauma came early in proportion to the early onset of warmer weather.