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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

motorcycle riderWith summer just around the corner and temperatures heating up around the country, more bikers are sharing the roads with motorists. Accordingly, the month of May has been designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – a time when the National Safety Council reminds motorcycle riders and motorists to do their part and share the road responsibly.

It probably comes as no surprise that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident and are 6 times as likely to be harmed compared to motor vehicle occupants.

To improve safety for all road users, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges all drivers to be alert for motorcyclists, and cautions motorcyclists to wear DOT-compliant helmets, make themselves more visible and stay sober.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

According to statement issued by the NHTSA, “When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right of way.” Traffic officials list four common reasons why car drivers violate a motorcycle’s right of way:

  • Distracted driving, such a texting, eating or talking on the cell phone
  • Motorcyclists were in the driver’s “blind spot” or hidden from view
  • Vehicle drivers do not “see” motorcycles because of their smaller size
  • Drivers frequently aren’t able to anticipate a motorcyclist’s movements

Since two-wheeled vehicles are more difficult to see on the road, vehicle drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution when at intersections or before changing lanes or making a left-hand turn. Motorcycle riders should be afforded the same basic rights as any vehicle on the highway.

Motorcycle fatalities in Suffolk County

According to New York Department of Motor Vehicle figures, 148 motorcyclists died in 2014, and 123 of those deaths occurred in Suffolk County – making it one of the most dangerous places to ride in the state. In fact, statistics from the AAA show that Suffolk County accounts for roughly 95 percent of all the fatal motorcycle crashes in New York State.  In Long Island, many of these fatal motorcycle accidents were caused by a negligent motorist who turned directly in front of the biker, who could not brake in time to avoid the collision.

Safety tips for motorcyclists

Motorcyclists can take some steps to help avoid life-threatening accidents by:

  1. Taking annual defensive driving classes
  2. Wearing bright, reflective clothing to make themselves more visible
  3. Using a DOT compliant safety helmet, gloves, goggles and protective clothing
  4. Exercising extra caution at intersections
  5. Obeying posted speed limits and road rules
  6. Riding sober at all times
  7. Using hand signals when turning
  8. Practice defensive driving techniques and knowing how to handle your bike in adverse weather conditions
  9. Using headlights during the day to increase visibility
  10. Investing in good, anti-lock brakes 

New York motorcycle accident lawyers

The law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has a long track record of successfully handling motorcycle accident claims in Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. If you or someone you love were hurt because of a negligent driver, it’s important to protect your rights to just compensation.

To speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Long Island, you can schedule a free case review by calling today.

Additional “Motorcycle Safety” Resources:

  1. National Safety Council, Motorcycle Safety is a Two-way Street http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/Motorcycle-Safety.aspx
  2. NHTSA, Motorcycle Safety, https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycles
  3. CBS, 9 crucial safety tips for motorcycle season, http://www.cbs8.com/story/12541123/9-crucial-safety-tips-for-motorcycle-season
  4. News 12Long Island, AAA: 95 percent of NY motorcycle deaths happen in Suffolk http://longisland.news12.com/news/aaa-95-percent-of-ny-motorcycle-deaths-happen-in-suffolk-1.11963057

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Good Reminder for Summer

MotorcyclistThe month of May was designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a good reminder before the start of summer when motorcycles begin to inundate New York roadways in record numbers.

The purpose of the designation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to highlight the need for all vehicles to share the road safely with motorcycle riders. The hope is that raising awareness will reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur as a result of motorcycle crashes each year.

Motorcycle fatalities on rise in 2015

The reminder was timely since Consumer Reports published an article the same month warning that motorcycles fatalities in 2015 were on the rise. The 10-percent increase, which calculated out to around 5,000 people in the United States, was close to an all-time high. The numbers were taken from a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association and Sam Schwartz Consulting.

“The risk of motorcycle crashes and fatalities is compounded by factors such as alcohol and drug use, increased speed limits, the repeal of state helmet laws and a record number of vehicles on U.S. roads. Concerted efforts are needed to reduce this tragic loss of life,“ Richard Retting, one of the authors of the report, told Consumer Reports.

One of those efforts is the designation of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month every May. The NHTSA wants to educate motorists on the importance of remaining vigilant about sharing the road with motorcycles, while giving motorcycle riders the necessary tools to keep themselves safe on the roadways. Social media and television and radio ads remind drivers of the designation, while many local police forces revved up patrols to keep an eye out for the safety of motorcyclists.

Motorcycle accidents in New York

New York saw 142 motorcycle fatalities in 2014, out of 4,750 motorcycle crashes in the state. There were also 4,055 non-fatal personal injuries as a result of these crashes, which could include road rash, bone fractures and head injuries. Some of those injuries may not be deadly, but they can result in a lifelong disability for the victim.

The New York State Department of Health reports that there was an average of 165 deaths yearly between 2005 and 2007 from motorcycle accidents in the state. The highest percentage of these fatalities occurred in males between the ages of 20 and 24. There were also 4,092 emergency room visits due to motorcycle accidents yearly during that same time frame.

Motorcycle riders are at a distinct disadvantage in the event of a crash since their bodies are more exposed to the impact of the collision. This makes these motorists much more likely to be severely injured or killed in a crash. To help curb the number of motorcycle crashes nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges bikers to wear helmets, protective clothing and reflectors that make them easier to see every time they hit the road.

If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, the consequences can be catastrophic. You will likely need financial assistance to help you pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation and wages lost while you were unable to work. If the accident was not your fault, it is possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party in pursuit of monetary damages.

When this type of tragedy occurs, it is imperative to have experienced legal help on your side. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have been representing residents of Long Island since 1952 and have a proven track record of successful results.

To request a free case review, please contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye at 1-800-469-7429.

This May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle

The coming of warmer weather brings with it the roar of motorcycle engines on New York roadways, which is one reason why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This designation was made in hopes of encouraging a decline in motorcycle accidents throughout the country.

In 2014 in New York alone, there were 4,750 reports of motorcycle crashes, 142 of which were fatal. Of those crashes, there were 2,666 drivers of non-motorcycle vehicles involved. Just one non-motorcycle driver was killed, compared to the deaths of 135 motorcycle operators, which clearly demonstrates the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the road and highlights the importance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

How drivers can safely share the road

Drivers and motorcyclists share the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities on the nation’s roadways, but all too often, drivers are careless when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists. Improving safety may begin with combating a common stereotype: That all motorcyclists are reckless daredevils. In fact, most motorcyclists are keenly aware of their vulnerability and take precautions to stay alert, engaged, and careful when riding. On the other hand, drivers are quite often prone to becoming distracted while behind the wheel, whether by fiddling with the radio, talking to passengers, eating, or smoking.

It’s also important for drivers to be aware that it’s easy to misjudge the speed and distance of a motorcyclist. Some of the most common accidents involving bikes and cars occur at intersections when a driver is attempting to turn left in front of an oncoming motorcycle. The driver might mistakenly think that he has more time to turn safely than he really does. The result could be deadly for the motorcyclist.

Other important tips that could save a motorcyclist’s life include always turning the head to check one’s blind spot before making a lane change. Leave extra space between a car and a motorcycle and keep a watchful eye on the motorcycle’s brake lights.

How motorcyclists can stay safe

It is incumbent upon motorcyclists to take every precaution to increase their visibility to drivers. They can accomplish this by selecting a brightly colored motorcycle and motorcycle helmet, and by placing brightly colored reflective strips on their jackets. These simple measures can help save lives. Motorcyclists should always remain aware of where their bikes are in relation to the cars around them; it’s dangerous to drive in a car or truck’s blind zone and can easily lead to a fatal crash.

Legal representation for accident victims

Here at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we are pleased to offer free case reviews to bikers who have suffered injuries in a crash. During your no-obligation consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer, we’ll answer your legal questions and determine if you could be eligible to seek damages from the negligent party.

Keep in mind that deadlines do apply for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today at 1.800.469.7429 to schedule your free case review.