If you are a motorcyclist, you are probably looking forward to the 2018 Roar on the Shore bike event. Thousands of motorcyclists will descend upon our area for a week of entertainment, motorcycle rides, vendors, concerts, and great food. With an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road during the event, it is important to review some of the basic ways you can avoid a motorcycle crash.
Motorcycle Crashes and Fatalities
The NHTSA reported that motorcycle fatalities increased 5.1 percent from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, 5,286 riders lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. In addition, roughly 88,000 people are injured each year in motorcycle crashes. PennDOT reports that 185 riders lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2017. From 2013 through 2017, a total of 923 riders died in crashes. In addition, thousands of riders are injured on our roads each year.
Because even one death is one too many, below are three important safety tips to keep in mind during Roar on the Shore.
Watch for Road Hazards
The road conditions in and around Erie can change quickly. Some of our roads can post challenges for motorcyclists. Even when the roads are in near-perfect condition, the wildlife in our area can dart across roads and cause accidents. As you enjoy the beauty of Erie, remember to watch for road hazards by remaining alert during each ride.
Other Drivers Beware
All motorists need to be aware of the increased presence of motorcyclists in Eire. Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly driving behavior that must be avoided at all times. However, as bike week approaches, make a concerted effort to block out all distractions so that you can give your full focus to the road ahead of you. Be mindful of motorcyclists and share our roads with riders so everyone can have a safe week.
Be Defensive Instead of Aggressive
We have some of the most beautiful natural areas in Pennsylvania. As you enjoy the festival, slow down and take time to enjoy the beautiful rides. Speed is often a contributing factor to motorcycle accidents.
When riding avoid:
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Riding on the shoulder of the road
- Driving under the influence
In addition, always use caution when approaching intersections and avoid a car or truck’s blind spots. You should also wear protective gear on all rides, including a helmet, gloves, eye protection, boots, and jackets. In an accident, the protective gear can reduce the severity of your injuries and could save your life.
The Travis Law Firm is Here if You Need Us
We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience at Roar on the Shore.. However, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it can be overwhelming to know what you should do to protect your legal rights, especially if you are visiting from another state.
Our law firm is available during the festival if you are injured in a motorcycle accident. Contact The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to request a free legal consultation. We can guide you through the steps you need to take to protect your right to recover compensation for your losses from the person who caused your motorcycle crash.