In spring, motorcyclists ride more frequently to enjoy the warm weather. Although motorcycle riding comes with many positives, it does not come without dangers and risks. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and everyone should observe this annual event to support safe riding and learn ways to prevent motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle riders are vulnerable road users, and Pennsylvania places in the top ten for motorcycle accidents in the United States. In 2018, there were 2,611 motorcycle-related injuries and 164 fatalities, according to data composed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In an auto accident, a motorcycle rider has a much higher chance of suffering a serious injury than the driver of the car. However, both car drivers and motorcyclists share the responsibility of keeping the roads safe. There are several ways to reduce the chances of motorcycle accidents and injuries.
Do Not Speed
Speeding is a main cause of fatal car accidents and motorcycle crashes. Motorcycles are lighter than cars and can travel just as fast, so it is easier to accelerate to high speeds. It is essential that both drivers and riders slow down and follow the posted speed limits. Remaining at a safe speed allows for better control of the vehicle, which is essential in wet road conditions.
Avoid Impaired Driving
Any amount of alcohol can reduce reaction time and cause drowsiness. Being below the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is not enough because alcohol affects each person differently. If one plans to drink on a night out, they should arrange for a ride home ahead of time.
Wear Protective Gear
Helmets and other protective gear save lives. In Pennsylvania, the following riders do not need a helmet:
- Anyone who is 21 years or older that has been licensed to ride a motorcycle for a minimum of two years.
- Anyone who is 21 years or older who has passed an approved rider safety course.
Even if some motorcyclists in the state are not required to wear a helmet, they should still do so for protection.
With the rise of smartphones over the past decade, distracted driving is becoming one of the main reasons for accidents in the United States. Since motorcycles are smaller and less visible, drivers behind the wheel can easily miss one in the lane next to them if they are distracted.
Operating a motorcycle is quite different than operating a car. Even the most experienced motorcyclist should review safety tips and take a refresher course. Basic routines, like performing a pre-check before heading out, checking tire pressures, fluids, and brake operation, can increase safety. Riders can also check for inclement weather before riding.
As more travelers go out to enjoy the spring weather, it is important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Both the motorcyclist and car driver must share the road responsibly to help prevent injuries.
Delaware County Personal Injury Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Protect Motorcyclists from Negligent Drivers
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and road users should learn about ways to prevent motorcycle accidents. Sometimes, a collision is unpreventable. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, then immediately contact the Delaware County personal injury lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online for a free consultation and more information about your case. We are located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and we proudly serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.