Did you know that May is Motorcycle Safety Month?
Going on a motorcycle road trip is many people’s favorite way to explore the state or country, relax and release stress, and experience the great outdoors.
While a motorcycle can be a fun and enjoyable experience, motorcycling can also be dangerous. Motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died in the United States.
To keep everyone safe, we urge drivers and motorcyclists to share the road and be alert, and we’re reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to be properly trained.
Wear Proper Safety Equipment
In Pennsylvania, 51.9 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Wearing safety equipment is one of the most important things to do to protect yourself while riding a motorcycle. In addition to a helmet that fits snugly and that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, riders should also wear the following equipment.
- proper riding footwear, such as boots.
- goggles to protect the eyes.
- arm and leg protection.
- and, gloves to assist with grip and protect hands in the event of a crash.
Acquire the Proper Licenses and Training
Of the motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2019, 30% were riding without valid motorcycle licenses.
Driving a car and riding a motorcycle require different skills and knowledge. Although motorcycle-licensing regulations vary, all States require a motorcycle license endorsement to supplement your automobile driver’s license. To receive the proper endorsement in most States, you’ll need to pass written and on-cycle skills tests administered by your State’s licensing agency.
Check Before Each Ride
Check your motorcycle’s tire pressure and tread depth, hand and foot brakes, headlights and signal indicators, and fluid levels before you ride. You should also check under the motorcycle for signs of oil or gas leaks. If you’re carrying cargo, you should secure and balance the load on the cycle; and adjust the suspension and tire pressure to accommodate the extra weight.
If you’re a motorcyclist, make sure you choose and wear a safe helmet, wear the right gear for riding, plan your route, and never ride while distracted.
If you are involved in a crash and need to file a claim or a personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys can help. Call 215-642-2335 to reach our Cordisco & Saile LLC lawyers at any time of day.