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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While May is motorcycle awareness across the nation, motorcycle safety is a concern in Pennsylvania and other states during warm months. So long as the weather is nice, motorists should be prepared to share the road with motorcyclists. And as more and more motorcycles are being registered in the United States, it is expected that drivers everywhere will need to take steps to ensure they safely drive amongst motorcyclists. Unfortunately, not all drivers accommodate for these small vehicles, or even fail to take additional steps to increase his or her awareness of motorcycles traveling around them. These failings could lead to serious and even fatal motorcycle collisions.