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3 Motorcycle Riding Tips for Dangerous Winter Weather

motorcycle winter snowIf the radio is playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” then there are special precautions you need to take when riding your motorcycle. You always need precautions like a helmet on your bike, just because bike riders are more vulnerable than people in any other type of vehicle. But the danger is greater when it’s cold, and especially when it’s snowing or sleeting.

Here are the top 3 tips for driving in dangerous winter weather conditions.

1. Dress in layers.

First, you want to make sure you are dressed warmly enough. Especially on a long ride in cold weather, you could suffer frostbite if you aren’t. We’re talking layers, too, because layers will wick moisture away from you, so you don’t sweat as well as get cold.

You need gloves, socks, boots as well as pants and sweaters – and, of course, a coat.

You might also think of investing in heated clothing, made specifically for motorcyclists. This is an especially good idea if you like the idea of motorcycle trips in clear but very cold weather, to see how scenic it can be in our region during the winter.

2. Slow down. Way down.

Winter weather presents challenges to all vehicles on the roads, because icy conditions and wet conditions raise multiple dangers. As we said up top, the dangers are magnified on a motorcycle, because you are not cushioned or inside a vehicle like cars, vans, and trucks are.

Ice can cause you to spin out. So can black ice, which, of course, is invisible to the naked eye. Sleet or snow on the roadway can do the same. You can lose traction in less dramatic ways from all of these conditions, too. Let’s be clear. Bad weather can kill you.

In addition, you have to deal with all the other vehicles on the road also dealing with these conditions. They can spin out and total you. They can cause havoc.

Slowing down gives you a chance to be able to stop in a reasonable, safe way without losing traction or losing control of your bike.

Don’t. Drive. In. Snow.

Yes, snow may be beautiful to watch. But it’s simply not safe to drive in. If the forecast calls for snow, don’t drive a motorcycle. If it starts snowing, go home or even to a hotel as quickly as you can. It’s slushy and not safe for motorcycles to drive in. Ever.

When You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Nassau County NY

Speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Nassau County, NY at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. We have years of experience litigating motorcycle accidents in New York state. We can assist you in any accident.

Our initial consultation is complimentary. We will review your case and discuss possible next steps. Call today to talk to a motorcycle accident attorney Long Island trusts to fight for maximum compensation.

Additional Resources:

  1. Lieback, Ron. 7 Tips for Winter Motorcycle Riding. November 14, 2013. Ultimate Motorcycling. https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2013/11/14/seven-tips-winter-motorcycle-riding/.
  2. Max, Josh. 5 Tips for Riding A Motorcycle Through Winter. Forbes. January 27, 2016. https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2013/11/14/seven-tips-winter-motorcycle-riding/.

3 Rookie Mistakes To Avoid on Motorcycles

motorbike rides on the streetIf you’ve just started riding a motorcycle, you want to make sure you drive it safely. Motorcycles are not surrounded by the tons of metal that car and truck drivers and passengers are, yet they share roadways with both those vehicles. So you are more vulnerable on a motorcycle in case of accidents. In fact, you are more vulnerable to accidents, as many motorists on other vehicles don’t see or accommodate motorcyclists.

Watch out for these 3 rookie motorcycle mistakes.

1. Not Wearing a Helmet

Helmets and protective goggles are both required by New York State law. Motorcyclists who are in accidents can be thrown from the motorcycle. Damage to the head is the most frequent cause of death in motorcycle crashes. A helmet protects your head.

Riders who don’t wear helmets are three times more likely to sustain a brain injury due to a crash.

Make sure you buy a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet.

2. Running Out of Fuel

Running out of fuel on a motorcycle is a rookie mistake because the fuel gauge will help you in a car. It won’t necessarily help you on a motorcycle, because many motorcycles are made without fuel indicators.

Make no mistake, running out of fuel is not just an inconvenience. It can be dangerous, causing the motorcycle to sputter or stall, or leaving you stranded in areas where it might be dangerous or highly inadvisable to be on the side of the road.

There are two solutions to running out of fuel. Experiment by setting the meter to 0 after you’ve filled it, and then ride locally until it’s close to empty. Check whether it’s close to empty by looking inside it. This will give you a good sense of the mileage with a full tank. Plan your trips accordingly.

If you must go on a longer trip before you have the average, check the fuel tank accordingly to make sure you don’t run out.

3. Leaving Your Turn Signals On

While turn signals on a car cancel themselves after the turn has been made, many motorcycle turn signals don’t do this. You have to manually turn the signals off on many makes and models.

Be sure to train yourself to manually override turn signals once you’ve made a turn. Remember, other vehicles are looking at your signals to see your intentions. Don’t let them think you’re turning soon when you have no intention of doing so. It could be dangerous for both of you.

Call an Experienced NYC Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents cause fatalities and injuries throughout the nation, including New York state. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have had decades of experience litigating these accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, we can help.

Our initial consultation is free; we will discuss your case and potential next steps. Call today for a free consultation with an experienced New York City and Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

  1. 8 Common Mistakes New Motorcycle Riders Make. Motorcyclecentral.com. https://motorcycle-central.com/8-common-mistakes-new-motorcycle-riders-make/
  2. New York State Department of Health. Motorcycle Helmets. https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/children/toolkits/motorcycles/motorcycle_helmets.htm
  3. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Motorcycle Safety. https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/mc/index.html

Tips for Choosing Your First Motorcycle

motorbike rides on the streetMotorcycles, unlike automobiles, offer a much more visceral experience – one that mandates a certain degree of risk but is rewarded with the ultimate sense of freedom. As soon as you hit the road and feel the wind in your hair, your senses are completely engaged.

How to choose your first bike

If you’ve been dreaming of hitting the pavement on two wheels, there are hundreds of options out there. As a first-time shopper, you probably want something that looks “cool,” whether it’s a vintage Triumph or a Harley Davidson Road King. Veteran bikers will tell you to check your romanticized view at the door and take a more practical approach when picking out your first bike. Looks – while important – should be the least of your concerns.

Before visiting the dealerships or scanning the classified ads, ask yourself the following questions.

What kind of riding will you do – weekend road trips or a daily commute in start and stop traffic? Are you interested in a cruiser, a sportbike, a dual-sport or a standard motorcycle? How big is your budget? And most importantly, will your first motorcycle fit your lifestyle?

Today’s motorcycles are designed for just about every type of riding, including freeway cruising, off-roading, commuting, racing and adventuring.  When narrowing down your choices, the experts recommend that you stick to a lighter, smaller and more manageable bike. As you hone your skills, you can upgrade to something bigger and more powerful down the line.

Different categories of motorcycles

Consider the differences between each category before trying out a bike:

  • Standard motorcycles—also known as “naked bikes,’ are a nice all-around option with a neutral riding position. They are sporty, comfortable to operate and offer a good measure of control. Recommended:  Honda CB500 line
  • Cruisers – are designed for long-hauls and are built for comfort, not speed. While they have a lower seat height, some have high handlebars that can be awkward for new riders.
  • Dual sports – are meant for road and off-road travel. They are comfortable, relatively inexpensive and the smaller models are lightweight.
  • Sport bikes – are built for speed and not comfort, riders are sitting in a tucked position that is great for racing, but not long road trips. Insurance costs are typically higher as well.

The last bit of advice is to do your research and take it slowly when shopping around. Perhaps consider buying a used bike and saving some cash — as most people upgrade once they develop their riding skills.

Protect your legal rights in an accident

Thrills and excitement aside, motorcycle riding comes with inherent dangers. All it takes is one distracted or reckless driver to cause serious injury. The Long Island motorcycle accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin and Jaye understand what you’re going through and can protect your legal rights.

We represent victims of motorcycle accidents in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. Call our offices today for a free case evaluation.

Additional Resources for Buying Your First Motorcycle:

  1. RevZilla, How to Choose Your First Motorcycle https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/how-to-choose-your-first-motorcycle
  2. DigitalTrends, Motorcycle buying guide: What to know before buying your first bike https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/buying-your-first-motorcycle-everything-you-need-to-know/
  3. com, Choosing Your First Motorcycle http://motorcycle-central.com/guide-to-choosing-your-first-motorcycle/

Top 5 Road Hazards for Motorcycles

Apart from crashes with passenger vehicles, road hazards are among the leading causes of motorcycle injuries and deaths. Gravel, potholes, or uneven pavement may have little effect on a car, but these things can pose real danger for motorcycles, which are more apt to lose control. From standing water to rough pavement, here some of the major road hazards motorcyclists need to be prepared for.

Road Hazard #1: Gravel

Loose gravel, small rocks and sand are a huge hazard, causing bikes to lose traction, slide out and crash. Gravel tends to accumulate around off ramps and construction sites, so keep an eye out, especially when cornering.

Road Hazard #2: Slippery Surfaces

Whether caused by an oil leak, snow or ice, slick surfaces are a constant threat to motorcyclists. Autumn months are particularly bad, as leaves drop from trees, get rained on, and turn into a slippery mess. Heavy rains and puddles of standing water are also a recipe for disaster. Depending on your speed and your tires, you can hydroplane, losing all contact with the road surface.

Road Hazard #3: Debris

Debris or objects in the road pose two risks for bikers. Old tire threads, rocks, tree branches or items fallen off a truck can strike the motorcyclist, causing serious injury, or cause them to lose control and crash.

Road Hazard #4: Rough Roads

If you are driving near a construction site, it’s not uncommon to find uneven levels of road, surface grooves that trap tires and potholes. Roads in obvious disrepair and those being resurfaced can compromise the bike’s stability. Be wary of “tar snakes” – patches of hot tar used to fill pavement cracks. When the temperatures climb, these patches get slippery, and can lead to a wipe out.

Road Hazard #5: Edge Breaks

When two lanes of highway are different heights, this is known as an edge break. These are no big deal for vehicles but pose a big danger to motorcycles when traveling at high speeds.

While it’s impossible to avoid all road hazards, you can take these steps to be better prepared when riding in less than ideal road conditions:

  • Always wear protective clothing and a motorcycle helmet
  • Take a motorcycle safety course
  • Reduce your speed
  • Avoid tailgating
  • Practice good posture
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid sudden movements

Legal Resources for NY motorcyclists

Headquartered in Long Island, the law firm of Edelman, Krasin and Jaye has the resources and expertise to establish liability in all types of motorcycle accidents, including those caused by road debris and hazards.

When road hazards result in serious injury or death, victims may have a claim for damages against the person, business, or government entity responsible. If you or someone you love were injured in a crash, we can outline your legal rights at no charge to you.

Arrange a free, no-obligation case review with a veteran New York motorcycle accident lawyer by calling 800-469-7429.

Additional Resources on Motorcycle Road Hazards:

  1. Motorcycle Island, How to Avoid the Top 7 Road Hazards for Motorcycles https://www.motorcycleisland.com/safety/top-7-road-hazards/
  2. Motorvike.com, Road Hazards http://www.motorvike.com/MotoChat_Road_Hazards.htm
  3. Foremost Insurance, Motorcycle Riding: Avoiding Hazards on the Road http://www.foremost.com/mygreatoutdoors/driving-guide/motorcycles/motorcycle-safety-avoiding-hazards-on-the-road.asp 

4 Best Motorcycle Routes in New York State

motorbike rides on the street

New Yorkers like to brag about their roadways, some of which offer the most stunning views you’ll see anywhere in the northeast. It’s why New York, especially upstate, is a top destination for motorcycling enthusiasts. When you’re ready to plan your day trip, or perhaps a multi-day odyssey, consider the following routes.

1. Upper Delaware Scenic Byway

Route 97 is part of the New York State Scenic Byways System. It’s a 70-mile run of breathtaking scenery, friendly communities, and plentiful opportunities for recreation. In fact, this route will take you along the historic Delaware River, which is well-known among locals for being the birthplace of fly fishing in America. You’ll also pass small towns known for their art galleries, museums, and superb local restaurants. The best time to check out this route is in the autumn. It’s been ranked among the top 20 favorite roads in the country for fall foliage.

2. Adirondack Park

The Adirondacks are the pride and joy of New Yorkers. The Adirondack Park is six million acres of wilderness, trails, and mountain ranges—all yours to explore. The best time to check out routes in the Adirondacks is in the summer, when Americade comes to Lake George. As part of this nationally recognized event, you can join a guided tour around the Adirondacks or forge your own path. Within the Adirondacks, there are at least three favorite routes of motorcyclists: NYS Routes 3, 9, and 30. Route 3 passes through the gorgeous Saranac Lake and Lake Placid areas. Route 9, part of the Lakes to Locks Passage, is 225 miles of a history buff’s dream. You’ll pass historic areas like Ticonderoga, the Champlain Canal, and Crown Point. If you try Route 30, The Wild Center is a must-do attraction.

3. The Woodstock Route

Route 28 is perhaps best known as the day trip that will take you through Woodstock. You’ll also pass by the Ashokan Resevoir, with its famous rolling hills. When you reach Phoenicia, look for Main Street and stop by Sweet Sue’s for a tall stack of pancakes.

4. Letchworth State Park

The “Best State Park in America” is located just south of Rochester. Coming from Routes 5 and 20, take Lakeville Road south. You’ll merge into Route 256 and travel along Conesus Lake. Continue on to Route 436 west, and stop by the Big Sky Restaurant and Saloon on Hartman Road. When you reach Portageville on 436, look for Griffith Road. You’ll the entrance to Letchworth State Park near here. There’s a good reason why its nickname is the Grand Canyon of the East. Take your time here—you’ll want to explore all three of the majestic waterfalls. At one of them, the Genesee River spills over a 600-foot drop. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, hot air ballooning, and horseback riding are just a few of the many recreational opportunities you’ll find here.

Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is a highly-regarded firm of seasoned NY motorcycle accident lawyers. Call today to request your confidential, no-charge case review on Long Island.

Additional Resources for Motorcyclists in NY:

  1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans, https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0922-older-adult-falls.html
  2. New York State, Letchworth State Park, https://parks.ny.gov/parks/79/details.aspx

How to Choose the Right Motorcycle Helmet

In New York, the law requires that you wear a helmet that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards when you ride on a motorcycle. This is true whether you are a driver or a passenger. Helmets are required for both. You are also required by law to wear protective eye wear.

Why? Wearing a helmet is probably the single most important thing you can do to reduce your chances of being killed or injured in the event of a collision.

Helmets save lives

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41% of drivers killed in motorcycle accidents weren’t wearing a helmet. Even more, 50%, of passengers killed in motorcycle accidents weren’t wearing one. Motorcycle accidents killed 4,502 people in 2010, the last year for which statistics are available, and the number of fatalities has risen 55% since 2000.

According to federal statistics, wearing a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved motorcycle helmet reduces the likelihood of a motorcycle accidents being fatal by 37%.

How to choose a motorcycle helmet

Now that you know the importance of a helmet, how do you choose the right one?

  • First, look for a helmet that meets U.S. DOT regulations, which guarantees that the helmet is sturdy, of high quality materials that won’t crack or shatter, has a safe inner liner, and has strong chin straps.
  • Second, shop for a helmet that fits you and is comfortable to wear. You want a helmet that doesn’t move around on your head and is comfortable for long rides. Don’t buy just by size.
  • Try it on. If you are purchasing a helmet online, make sure there is a good return policy. It’s prudent to buy several sizes so that you can choose from among a few, and then return the ones that don’t fit.
  • Third, make sure you can see properly when you are wearing the helmet and turn your head from left to right.

Protect your rights after an accident

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are veteran motorcycle accident lawyers based in Long Island, New York. We have decades of combined experience litigating personal injury claims involving motorcycle crashes in New York state, and help victims fight for just monetary compensation.

Our initial consultation is complimentary. We will review your case and discuss possible next steps. Call 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a free case evaluation today.

Additional Resources on Motorcycle Helmets:

1. New York State Department of Health. Motorcycle Toolkit. Motorcycle Helmets. https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/children/toolkits/motorcycles/motorcycle_helmets.htm

2. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. Motorcycle Safety: How to Save Lives and Save Money. https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/mc/MotorcycleSafetyGuide-a.pdf

How to Properly Adjust Your Motorcycle Mirrors

motorbike rides on the streetIn all vehicles, mirrors are essential safety equipment. They are there for one reason and one reason only: to help you see other traffic and road conditions.

If another driver, whether car, truck, or other motorcycle, is too close to you, you want to be able to see that and avoid a rear-end collision. A mirror helps you know whether you should adjust your speed or change lanes. If you want to change lanes for any reason, you need a mirror to help you see whether it is safe, or whether oncoming traffic it too close for comfort.

These safety checks are important in all vehicles, of course, but they are particularly important in motorcycle safety. If a car or other vehicle rear ends you or hits you when you are changing lanes, the accident could be fatal to you. You have little protection against a several-thousand-ton vehicle on a motorcycle.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the other driver’s fault, in terms of your personal safety. You need to drive defensively. Mirrors are a vital link in your defense, just like helmets and other protective equipment.

Adjust your mirrors to see other traffic

So, how do you adjust your mirrors for maximum safety?

  1. First, remember that factory settings or prior adjustments are not the way to gauge whether they are adjusted properly. The best way to do the adjustment is to sit on your motorcycle as you normally would. Use the same position. Use the same posture as well. You want to replicate the riding stance you normally have.
  2. Second, adjust the mirrors so that you can see behind you fully and on either side. Some guides say that you should see the tops of your shoulders as well. Other riders find that distracting. Be guided by your own comfort level in that regard, as long as you can see behind you and on other side as much as possible. Like cars, some motorcycles will have a blind spot. If this is so on your make and model, you goal is to aim for the smallest blind spot possible.
  3. Third, don’t rely solely on mirrors to check traffic and other potential road hazards! You will need to look over your shoulder to see if there is oncoming traffic when you want to change lanes, for example. You might want to check traffic in other situations. Never, never rely solely on mirrors even if you don’t have a blind spot.

When you need an experienced attorney

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have had years of experience litigating motorcycle and other accidents in New York state. We can help you with any accident, whether they involve vehicles, pedestrians, or road debris.

Our initial consultation is free; we will discuss your case and potential next steps. Call 1-800-469-7429 for a free consultation with an experienced seasoned New York City and Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer today.

Resources:

  1. Henchliffe, Mark. “How to Correctly Adjust Motorcycle Mirrors.” Motorbike Writer. Feb. 27, 2015.  https://motorbikewriter.com/how-to-adjust-motorcycle-mirrors/
  2. “How to Adjust Your Motorcycle Mirrors.” March 16, 2015. MotorcycleCentral.com. http://motorcycle-central.com/how-to-adjust-your-motorcycle-mirrors/

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

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.