Tips for Ensuring Motorcycle Safety

With weather warming, motorcycle enthusiasts will be back on the road.  Unfortunately motorcycle crashes are alarmingly common, with riders facing significantly higher risks of injury and fatality compared to other motor vehicle drivers. In fact, motorcycle riders are 8 times more likely to be injured and 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than car drivers. However, by adhering to motorcycle safety protocols and adopting proper safety measures, many crashes can be prevented. Here’s a breakdown of best safety practices, especially pertinent for riders in the Hudson Valley region:

  • Wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) Certified Helmet: Wearing a helmet designed specifically for motorcycle riders is crucial. In 19 states and Washington D.C., laws mandate helmet use for all riders. An additional 28 states have partial helmet laws, typically for riders aged 18-21, while Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire have no helmet laws.
  • Invest in Proper Riding Gear: Besides helmets, proper riding gear includes a durable, long-sleeved jacket, synthetic material pants, sturdy ankle-supporting boots, heavy gloves, and shatterproof glasses. Wearing the appropriate gear significantly reduces the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash.
  • Enhance Visibility: Many motorcycle accidents occur because other drivers fail to see the motorcycle or rider. To mitigate this risk, wear reflective or brightly colored clothing, consistently use turn signals, and make sure your bike’s headlight is always on while riding.
  • Know Your Bike: Understanding your motorcycle is essential for safe riding. Regularly check tire treads, ensure proper functioning of headlights, tail lights, and brakes, and verify the functionality of turn signals, mirrors, and the horn. Familiarize yourself with your bike’s handling by practicing in controlled environments before hitting the roads or trails.
  • Resist risky behavior! Save the wheelies for a racetrack or your private property, this and other stunts are not only risky for you, they distract other drivers who could inadvertently hit your bike. The same goes for racing and rapid lane changing. Remember, all drivers have the right to safe roadways.

If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle crash, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP.  We are experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases and help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call 800-529-2676 for a free consultation.