In 2015 there were a reported 3,400 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania; 179 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 have caused a lot of crashes as well. 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. According to PennDOT, motorcyclists had the largest percentage of drinking drivers compared to drivers of other vehicles such as cars, trucks and SUVs.
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.
If you or someone you know were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. We understand the devasting effects an accident can have on your life. Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation.