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.
Riding on or sharing the road with a motorcyclist is not uncommon for residents in Pennsylvania. Riding these small vehicles are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, save on gas and efficiently get from one place to another. However, when a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, the results are likely to be traumatic or fatal. Because motorcycles do not have the hard exterior shell other automobiles have, it is likely that riders will be thrown from the bike, causing them to suffer serious injuries.
With summer in full swing, residents in Pennsylvania likely encounter motorcyclists traveling alone or in large groups on roadways throughout the state. While these small vehicles provide an exhilarating way to travel and enjoy the outdoors, what makes a motorcycle different from other vehicles is also what makes it more prone to serious and even fatal collisions.
In Pennsylvania, state law makes texting while driving a primary offense. However, a local lawsuit brought by the estate of a deceased motorcyclist has prompted discussion of whether additional measures need to be taken to discourage this type of negligent driving behavior.
A motorcyclist was struck and killed on the Pennsylvania turnpike near mile marker 33 in Pine Township on September 4, 2008. State police say that motorcyclist, Keith Brown, 46, of Green Bay, Wisconsin was struck at about 5 a.m. Police said the driver who hit the motorcyclist is Shiva Lal Acharya. Trooper Robin Mungo of the Pennsylvania State Police says Lal Acharya, who is a medical doctor from Illinois, ran from the crash scene. "The suspect appeared as though he was going to stop. But after a mile and a half he increased his speed hoping to elude the patrolman. They reached speeds up to 130 mph before the officer called off the 23-mile pursuit at the state line," Mungo said.