Practice Safe Driving: Watch For Motorcycles

Warmer weather means more motorcycles on the road. 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.

July is said to be the most dangerous month for motorcycle riders.  The average number of claims for the month are 79 percent higher than the average for the rest of the year.  There is no specific reason as to why July is the most dangerous other than the increase in traffic on roadways during this month and the Fourth of July holiday.  Progressive Insurance says the Fourth of July holiday weekend and week after typically have the highest number of motorcycle claims and crashes.

How Drivers Can Protect Motorcyclists:

  • When switching lanes or merging into traffic, look thoroughly to make sure there is not a motorcycle in your blind spot.
  • Drivers should show extra caution at intersections. Frequent crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.
  • 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.

How Motorcyclists Can Help Protect Themselves:

  • 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.
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change.

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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.

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”

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