An April 2011 Wall Street Journal report noted a more than 7 percent increase of motorcycles sold in the first quarter over the same time last year, with scooters posting the greatest sales increase of 50 percent. With increased sales of motorcycles and motorcycle tires (an indication of increased ridership), comes a renewed need for safety as you tour Bucks County and Philadelphia.
With the change of seasons from summer to fall, more motorcycle enthusiasts take to the road in local benefit runs, cross-county trips and plain old wind-in-your-face fun. Before you embark on your latest motorcycle adventure, you should consider the necessity of avoiding an accident.
There are simple safety tips to make your ride accident-free and one to remember.
•Be sure your motorcycle is in proper working condition
•Be sure your motorcycle is the right size and power for you
•Be sure you can right it without anyone’s assistance
should it fall
•Take a free motorcycle safety course from the
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program
Whether you are a new Bucks County rider or have a motorcycle that is new to you, you can get defensive driving safety tips designed specifically for motorcycles. Even experienced riders can benefit from a refresher now and again. In addition, you can build your knowledge base and even meet some new friends.
As more motorcyclists take to the road, potential for an accident increases. Motorcyclists risk injury more than other motorists simply because a motorcycle provides less protection than other vehicles in an accident. In fact, statistics of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. It’s important to ride with defensive safety tips in mind, because, those are lousy odds.
To avoid being injured in a motorcycle accident, consider these defensive motorcycle driving tips:
•Avoid riding in inclement weather
•If riding in town, ride more to the left side of your lane
away from parked vehicles
•Never ride in between two lanes of vehicles
•If you are being tailgated, leave more space between you and the
vehicle in front of you
•Keep an eye on the road surface for hazards such as pavement
markings or potholes
•Wear protective gear
Motorcycling, whether on a supersport, sport bike, chopper, touring motorcycle or scooter, can be a great opportunity to enjoy Bucks County, Philadelphia and beyond, but no matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we believe you need experienced representation to make a personal injury claim. The personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC have the knowledge and expertise to obtain full and fair compensation that you will need to recover from your injuries.
After a motorcycle accident, no doubt you will have lots of questions. Call us toll free to 1-215-642-2335 to schedule an appointment with an experienced Bucks County personal injury lawyer.