It’s a proven fact that helmets save lives and prevent serious head trauma that could cause permanent disabilities. Nearly every state in the U.S. has motorcycle helmet laws. New York is one of them. In New York, both motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet with eye protection that has met the federal motor vehicle safety standards. In short, there is no logical reason not to wear a helmet when you ride. From a legal standpoint, not wearing a helmet can make your situation more complex. It’s best to consult an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to sort through the liability issues.
If the radio is playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” then there are special precautions you need to take when riding your motorcycle. You always need precautions like a helmet on your bike, just because bike riders are more vulnerable than people in any other type of vehicle. But the danger is greater when it’s cold, and especially when it’s snowing or sleeting.
If you’ve just started riding a motorcycle, you want to make sure you drive it safely. Motorcycles are not surrounded by the tons of metal that car and truck drivers and passengers are, yet they share roadways with both those vehicles. So you are more vulnerable on a motorcycle in case of accidents. In fact, you are more vulnerable to accidents, as many motorists on other vehicles don’t see or accommodate motorcyclists.
Motorcycles, unlike automobiles, offer a much more visceral experience – one that mandates a certain degree of risk but is rewarded with the ultimate sense of freedom. As soon as you hit the road and feel the wind in your hair, your senses are completely engaged.
Apart from crashes with passenger vehicles, road hazards are among the leading causes of motorcycle injuries and deaths. Gravel, potholes, or uneven pavement may have little effect on a car, but these things can pose real danger for motorcycles, which are more apt to lose control. From standing water to rough pavement, here some of the major road hazards motorcyclists need to be prepared for.
In New York, the law requires that you wear a helmet that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards when you ride on a motorcycle. This is true whether you are a driver or a passenger. Helmets are required for both. You are also required by law to wear protective eye wear.
In all vehicles, mirrors are essential safety equipment. They are there for one reason and one reason only: to help you see other traffic and road conditions.
With summer just around the corner and temperatures heating up around the country, more bikers are sharing the roads with motorists. Accordingly, the month of May has been designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month - a time when the National Safety Council reminds motorcycle riders and motorists to do their part and share the road responsibly.
The month of May was designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a good reminder before the start of summer when motorcycles begin to inundate New York roadways in record numbers.