Motorcycle Safety


Warm summer weather has finally arrived, and with that come thousands of Pennsylvania motorcycle drivers. Many are dusting off their favorite rides and preparing to feel the breeze on the public roads and highways during the summer months. Although riding a motorcycle can be a fun and exciting way to either ride recreationally or commute from place to place, there are dangers associated with motorcycles that are not present with other passenger vehicles. A 25-year-old man is fighting for his life after he was struck by a car in the Hunting Park section of the city. The lack of restraints and a vehicle body surrounding motorcycle riders mean that riders are particularly at risk for serious injury in the event of a collision with another vehicle or a road hazard. In 2010 alone, there were 4,502 fatalities associated with motorcycle crashes, and motorcycle-related fatalities have increased by 55 percent since 2000.

When it comes to operating a motorcycle it is important to stay smart when you ride. Riders must concentrate on the road, and not on distractions. The attorneys at Solnick & Associates, LLC want to take a moment to provide some safety tips on motorcycle driving.

Staying Safe While Riding a Motorcycle

While Pennsylvania law only requires riders 17 and under to wear helmets, wearing a helmet may be the most effective way riders can protect themselves from serious injury or death. Head and neck injuries account for the majority of serious injuries that occur from motorcycle crashes. It is recommended that you wear a DOT compliant helmet that fits well and has no obvious defects, such as cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps. In addition to a helmet, it is also recommends that you wear eye and face protection in the form of a shatterproof face shield or eye goggles. These accessories can protect your face and eyes in the event of a crash, and also can protect you from issues such as wind, dust, precipitation, insects, or other debris causing discomfort or interfering with your vision.

In order to be as effective as possible, goggles or a face shield should:

  • Not have scratches;
  • Be resistant to penetration or puncture by foreign objects;
  • Allow for an unobstructed view to either side;
  • Be securely fastened to your face or helmet;
  • Permit the flow of air in order to reduce fogging; and
  • Provide enough room to wear sun or eye glasses.

In addition to protection for your head and face, you should also wear protective clothing. The type of clothing you wear should protect you from the elements, moving parts of the motorcycles, as well as road debris that may be thrown up by your motorcycle or other vehicles on the road. The right type of clothing can also make you more visible to other riders, so choose clothing that is brightly colored or has reflective material built into it. Another aspect of motorcycle safety comes down to the bike you ride. Make sure that your motorcycle is the right size for you, and fits your level of experience. Also, before riding, make sure that you check the condition of the bike’s tires, brakes, lights, mirrors, and horn to guarantee that you have a safe ride.

Contact an Attorney in Pennsylvania

Being injured in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic and life-altering event. If your accident was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover through a personal injury lawsuit. People injured in Pennsylvania motorcycle accidents should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact us today at 215-481-9979 for a free consultation.

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