Any avid motorcyclist will tell you that there’s nothing that compares with the feeling of riding on the open road. It’s a way to relax, commune with nature, and achieve an almost spiritual sense of bliss. But for those who ride, and those who share the road with motorcycles, safety should be an utmost concern at all times. The reason? An accident involving a motorcycle is nearly always more serious for the biker than for other motor vehicles.
Motorcycle Fatalities in Long Island
The fact of the matter is that while motorcycles account for only three percent of the vehicles on the road, they comprise roughly 20 percent of the fatalities. In a single year (2015), more than 600 individuals lost their lives while riding a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal motorcycle collisions come down to three key factors:
- Impaired driving; and
- Failure to wear a helmet.
New York Motorcycle Law
In New York, laws are on the books to protect motorcyclists. Every rider is required to:
- Wear an approved helmet;
- Wear approved protective eyewear;
- Use headlights, even in daylight; and
- Have helmet speakers in only one ear.
Passengers must have a seat and footrest, in addition to following the other rules for riders.
Visibility Issues on Long Island Motorcycles
Because motorcycles are so small and nimble, they are much less visible. Safety experts recommend a number of strategies to ensure a safe ride:
- Make sure you’re on a bike that you can handle. If it’s too powerful or too large for you, it could result in problems;
- Wear protective gear such as a helmet, gloves, boots, and other leather gear;
- Steer clear of drivers’ blind spots;
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road;
- Increase visibility by using headlights and wearing reflective clothing at night;
- Use signals and give yourself ample room before changing lanes;
- Keep an eye out for road hazards and drive defensively;
- Try to avoid riding when weather conditions are dangerous;
- Keep your bike in good working condition;
- Follow all posted speed limits; and
- Avoid riding between lanes in order to bypass traffic.
A Significant Problem for Long Island Motorcycles
There are more than six million motorcycles on the road across the country, When they are involved in collisions, there are serious injuries or deaths 80 percent of the time. As a motorcyclist, taking precautions and following laws can only protect you to a degree.
Other motorists on the road have to do their part, too. In the event you or a loved one has come up against a negligent or reckless driver that has led to hospitalization with serious injuries or death, the experienced legal team at the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC can help. Don’t let another day pass without scheduling a confidential consultation in order to discuss the legal options in your situation. Get The Falkowitz Long Firm working for you by calling 844-GET-GARY today.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.