Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle requires abiding by Pennsylvania laws regarding the use and operation of the bike.  Whether a rider chooses to use a motorcycle for transportation or recreation, certain state regulations, such as motorcycle helmet laws, are important to protecting the rider’s safety as well as the safety of others on the road.  Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyers are familiar with the importance of abiding by these laws. Particularly in the unfortunate circumstance of an accident, it may be important to show compliance in order to successfully secure damages in a legal claim for compensation.

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According to Pennsylvania law, persons age 21 and over are not required to wear a motorcycle helmet if they have completed a safety course approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, or if they have been licensed for at least two years to operate a motorcycle.  For riders 20 years old or younger, helmets must be worn.

The minimum performance requirements for helmets designed to be used by motorcyclists have been set forth by Pennsylvania law, which clearly indicates how helmets should be labeled, among other things.  These helmets must provide a field of vision indicated by law and must cover at least to the center of the ear. Other details are set forth within the state regulations.

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A new Pennsylvania law went into effect last month and allows drivers to Vehiclesgo through some red lights without a penalty.  Termed the “Ride on Red” law, the intention was to allow drivers to proceed through a red light if the light is malfunctioning or unresponsive.  While the law affects all drivers, it was originally intended for motorcyclists because their vehicles are typically not heavy enough to trigger the sensors for traffic lights.  The law seeks to resolve what is a safety hazard for traffic generally.

Act 101 provides that drivers may drive through red lights, provided they use common sense and caution.  This means that if a driver suspects a traffic light is not functioning properly, they must first fully stop to assess the situation.  Then, they can proceed through the intersection if it is clear of other motorists.

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Motorcyclists may be the minority in terms of vehicles on the road, but the number of catastrophic or fatal accidents among motorcyclists is high, and rising. Rider error accounts for some accidents, but others are caused by careless vehicle drivers inexperienced with sharing the road with motorcycles. In many cases, motorists fail to see a motorcyclist.Motorcycle Accident

As compared to 2014, motorcyclist fatalities increased by 10 percent in 2015, based on data provided to the Governors Highway Safety Association by the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Preliminary data provided by states to the Governors Highway Safety Association and compiled in a report on Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by state indicates that while 2014 saw about 4,585 fatal motorcycle accidents, that number increased to 5,010 in 2015. While total fatalities increased, some states, including Pennsylvania, saw a decrease in the total number of fatal motorcycle accidents. Pennsylvania reported a decrease of 4% in fatal motorcycle accidents.

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As summer approaches, many Pennsylvania residents take to roadways on their motorcycles, enjoying the open scenery and warmer weather.  Unfortunately, motorcyclists face particular road dangers thatmotorcycle safety do not affect other vehicles. Exposure to the elements leaves motorcyclists vulnerable to catastrophic injuries when collisions take place.  Increasing motorcycle safety knowledge and awareness can help to avoid accidents.

Motorcyclists are required to master particular skills before sharing the road with other traffic.  Strengthening riding skills can help even a seasoned motorcyclist perform the right maneuvers when faced with road hazards. But even those riders who possess these strong riding skills may not be able to avoid the conduct of a negligent driver.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation administers the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program.  This free program is offered to Pennsylvania class M permit and motorcycle license holders.  The program was created by legislation in 1984 and has been operating since 1985. It serves to help new riders develop an understanding of how to safely operate their motorcycle. There is a course for more advanced riders as well. Again, the goal is to help lower the risk of injury on the road.

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