The coming of warmer weather brings with it the roar of motorcycle engines on New York roadways, which is one reason why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This designation was made in hopes of encouraging a decline in motorcycle accidents throughout the country.
In 2014 in New York alone, there were 4,750 reports of motorcycle crashes, 142 of which were fatal. Of those crashes, there were 2,666 drivers of non-motorcycle vehicles involved. Just one non-motorcycle driver was killed, compared to the deaths of 135 motorcycle operators, which clearly demonstrates the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the road and highlights the importance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
How drivers can safely share the road
Drivers and motorcyclists share the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities on the nation’s roadways, but all too often, drivers are careless when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists. Improving safety may begin with combating a common stereotype: That all motorcyclists are reckless daredevils. In fact, most motorcyclists are keenly aware of their vulnerability and take precautions to stay alert, engaged, and careful when riding. On the other hand, drivers are quite often prone to becoming distracted while behind the wheel, whether by fiddling with the radio, talking to passengers, eating, or smoking.
It’s also important for drivers to be aware that it’s easy to misjudge the speed and distance of a motorcyclist. Some of the most common accidents involving bikes and cars occur at intersections when a driver is attempting to turn left in front of an oncoming motorcycle. The driver might mistakenly think that he has more time to turn safely than he really does. The result could be deadly for the motorcyclist.
Other important tips that could save a motorcyclist’s life include always turning the head to check one’s blind spot before making a lane change. Leave extra space between a car and a motorcycle and keep a watchful eye on the motorcycle’s brake lights.
How motorcyclists can stay safe
It is incumbent upon motorcyclists to take every precaution to increase their visibility to drivers. They can accomplish this by selecting a brightly colored motorcycle and motorcycle helmet, and by placing brightly colored reflective strips on their jackets. These simple measures can help save lives. Motorcyclists should always remain aware of where their bikes are in relation to the cars around them; it’s dangerous to drive in a car or truck’s blind zone and can easily lead to a fatal crash.
Legal representation for accident victims
Here at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we are pleased to offer free case reviews to bikers who have suffered injuries in a crash. During your no-obligation consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer, we’ll answer your legal questions and determine if you could be eligible to seek damages from the negligent party.
Keep in mind that deadlines do apply for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today at 1.800.469.7429 to schedule your free case review.