Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Analyzing the number of accidents and fatalities on American roads, motorcycle accidents are grossly overrepresented. In 2014 alone, a staggering 4,486 motorcyclists lost their lives on our nation’s roadways. This is due to a combination of factors, including the vulnerability of motorcyclists, the high skill level needed to safely operate a motorcycle and the high-risk behavior often associated with their use.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle is unquestionably more dangerous than riding in a car. Motorcycles are lighter, have only two wheels and do not enclose the driver in a compartment. Some common risks unique to motorcyclists include:
- Less visibility on the road: Because motorcycles are small, it can be difficult for cars to see them on the road.
- Less stability: Because motorcycles only have two wheels, they are difficult to stabilize during emergency braking. Traveling at a high rate of speed can also cause the front wheel to wobble, resulting in a loss of control.
- Nothing protecting the driver: Passengers in a car are enclosed in a metal case. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, do not have the benefit of this compartment, seatbelts or even airbags (although newer models may be equipped with them).
- Lack of basic riding skills: Riding a motorcycle is more difficult than driving a car. Many drivers have not mastered specific braking and cornering skills. Unskilled riders, many of whom don’t even have a proper license, are involved in a disproportionate number of accidents.
- Road hazards: Uneven pavement, debris, potholes, small objects or slick surfaces can be more hazardous for a motorcycle than for a car.
- High-risk riding: Sport and supersport bikes may encourage speeding and fast accelerating. Often, riders don’t appreciate the limitations of a motorcycle or fail to take appropriate safety measures.
- Poor fit: Riders should ensure that they can touch the ground with both feet when astride, and that they can reach and operate the controls easily.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Accidents
There are many things you can do to ensure your safety (and the safety of others) on the road:
- Get professional training. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program offers free training to all Pennsylvania residents with a class M permit or motorcycle license. The program focuses on training beginning, intermediate and advanced drivers, and offers classes year round at multiple locations throughout the state. Those who successfully complete the program may be entitled to insurance premium discounts.
- Avoid riding between lanes of slow or stopped traffic.
- Treat other motorists with courtesy and respect.
- Don’t tailgate.
- Use signals when appropriate.
- Maintain your bike.
- Avoid excessive noise. Leave the stock muffler in place or use a noise reduction muffler.
- Wear proper protective gear.
- Never ride without your helmet.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets saved around 1,630 lives and $2.8 in economic costs in 2013. If all motorcyclists wore helmets that year, the United States could have saved an additional $1.1 billion dollars. When selecting a helmet, ensure that it has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle, LLC Pursue Compensation for Victims of Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been injured as a result of someone’s negligent or reckless driving, you may be entitled to compensation. Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Patrick G. Geckle, LLC have over thirty years of litigation experience. We will put forth every effort to determine who is responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable.
We fight for injured victims in Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County and Chester County. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us at 215-735-3326 or contact us online today.