Motorcycle Safety Tips

With weather warming up in the Northeast there will be an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road.  Motorcycle drivers, and all drivers, should follow every safety precaution in light of this.  Follow these tips to ensure your own safety as a motorcyclist and the safety of everyone on the road:

  • Head injuries account for the largest number of motorcycle accident fatalities. Wear a helmet even if your state laws do not require one. New York and New Jersey motorcyclist are required to wear helmets.
  • Obtain proper training before applying for your license and take refresher courses as needed.
  • Take your motorcycle in for regular tune-ups and check-ups so that any malfunctioning parts can be fixed or replaced.
  • Never add more passengers than allowed for your particular model of motorcycle.
  • If your current motorcycle doesn’t have anti-lock brakes, either have them installed or purchase another bike that has them. Motorcycles with anti-lock brakes are 37% less likely to be involved in fatal collisions than those without.
  • Wear the best protective gear you can afford, since motorcyclists need all the protection they can get when either directly hit by another vehicle or thrown a great distance from the accident site.
  • Never ride your motorcycle if you’ve been drinking or using any type of drug that might impair your coordination or reaction times.
  • Don’t ride beyond your own skill levels.
  • Familiarize yourself with the safety guidelines for motorcyclists issued by your state or any other state you plan to visit.
  • Slow down during bad weather and consider postponing any motorcycle trips until the weather improves. Hydroplaning is especially dangerous for motorcyclists, since they have less traction than larger vehicles.
  • Never try to customize your motorcycle in any manner that might compromise your safety or violate any laws.

By following these suggestions you can greatly increase your safety while riding your motorcycle not only during the spring and summer months, but throughout the year. Source: “Increasing the Safety of Your Motorcycle Riding Experience.” The Safety Report Summer 2010: 11

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In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP