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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It serves as a good time to remember that motorcyclists have every right to share the road as do other motorists. This is especially important now that the winter weather is behind us, and more motorcyclists are taking to the streets in Pennsylvania.

Not all motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers

When a person in Pennsylvania thinks of an accident involving a motorcycle, they may think that motorcycle unawareness on the part of another motorist is the sole reason for these accidents. While many motorcycle accidents are due to motorists not paying attention, just like automobiles, defective motorcycles see their fair share of accidents on the roadways.

Motorcycle accident victims can seek compensation

Whether one buys into the groundhog's prediction about an early or late spring, by this point in the year, residents of Pennsylvania are anxiously looking forward to warmer temperatures. They want to grill, go to ballgames, picnic in the park and for some adventurous residents, dust-off their motorcycles and hit the road.

The importance of legal help after a motorcycle accident

Motorcyclists in Pennsylvania and across the country will say how much they enjoy being out on the open road on their bikes. Although it is known to be a somewhat risky activity, the majority of other drivers will pay strict attention to motorcyclists who are sharing the road. On the same token, the bikers will generally follow the rules of the road, make certain they are visible and predictable, and take as many precautions as they can to remain safe. Unfortunately, this does not eliminate the reality that a motorcycle accident can happen at any time for a variety of reasons.

What if I'm in an accident with no motorcycle helmet?

Riding a motorcycle without a helmet is certainly a contentious issue, and each state handles it differently. Here in Pennsylvania, you can ride under certain conditions, but there may be more than your safety at stake if you choose to do so.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

While most motorcyclists in Pennsylvania put their bikes away as soon as the winter weather made an appearance, some die-hard riders still may take their bikes out when warm days make an appearance. Thus, motorists should expect to share the road with motorcyclists no matter the time of year or the weather. And while fewer motorcyclists travel the roadways in the colder months, it is still important to understand how motorcycle accidents could occur.

Holding a negligent driver accountable after a motorcycle crash

Although the number of motorcycles on the roadways decreases as the fall weather settles in, motorists in Pennsylvania and elsewhere should still expect to still see some die-hard motorcyclists traveling throughout the fall season and even into the winter.

Negligent drivers can be held accountable for motorcycle crashes

Although fall has officially started, residents in Pennsylvania will often continue to experience warm weather for quite some time. This means motorists will also continue to share the road with motorcyclists until the frigid weather rolls in. Whether a motorist is traveling near a motorcyclist, is turning on a road in front of a motorcyclist, entering an intersection with a motorcyclist or is traveling behind a motorcyclist, certain steps need to be taken to ensure safety.

Ten percent increase in fatal motorcycle crashes since 2014

As any motorist in Pennsylvania can see, motorcycles are small vehicles that other vehicles will share the road with throughout the year, primarily during the warm months. While any vehicle is susceptible to the dangers and risks existing on the various roads across the nation, motorcycles are small vehicles that are especially susceptible to fatal and serious collisions. Their small size often makes it difficult to spot them or judge the speed of them. Thus, other drivers fail to yield to them, causing a serious or fatal motorcycle crash.

Lower extremities often injured in motorcycle accidents

As a previous post noted, motorcyclists are prone to certain accidents because of the errors and negligence of other motorists. If a driver fails to check their blind spot, travels too closely behind a motorcyclist or fails to yield to an oncoming motorcyclist, he or she could cause a serious motorcycle crash. Unlike other collisions, motorcycle accidents have the tendency to involve traumatic and severe injuries. Because motorcycles do not have the hard exterior shells most automobiles are equipped with, motorcyclists are likely to be thrown from their bikes, suffering serious injuries.

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