Now that warm weather is on the way, you will begin to see an increase in motorcycles on the road; sadly you will also see an increase in motorcycle accidents

According to the 2016 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics manual, (2017 has not been released yet) In 2016 there were a reported 3,454 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania; 189 of those accidents were fatal. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the injuries they sustain are almost always severe.  They do not have the same protection that the occupants of a car do when they are involved in an accident.

A significant number of motorcycle accidents are caused by an error made by the driver of a car, truck or SUV. Drivers of motor vehicles tend to merge into lanes without seeing a motorcyclist which then causes an accident.  Also, drivers turning in front of motorcycles is a common way an accident occurs.  Drivers do not realize that motorcyclists cannot slow down as easily as a vehicle can.

What drivers can do to protect motorcyclists:

  • When switching lanes or merging into traffic, look thoroughly to make sure there is not a motorcycle in your blind spot.
  • If you are turning in front of a motorcycle, make sure you have plenty of time.
  • Keep a safe distance when riding behind a motorcycle.

As a motorcyclist, there are things you can do to ensure your safety as well.

  • Never drink and drive.
  • Experts recommend motorcyclists wear helmets, reflective gear and have a bike with good LED lighting.
  • Consider enrolling in a motorcycle safety program.

Although in Pennsylvania, you are not required to wear a helmet by law, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) studies have shown that motorcyclists who wear a helmet are 37% less likely to die in a motorcycle crash and 67% less likely to suffer from a traumatic brain injury in a crash.

Recovering compensation after an accident.

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the injuries they sustain can be life threatening.  If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, do not assume the accident was your fault.  You may have the right to recover money for medical bills, wage loss and pain and suffering. 

Contact the attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your case today.

Source: PAhomepage.com, “Share the road; make the ride safe”