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.

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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.

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

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