As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, more riders take their motorcycles out of winter hibernation to enjoy our beautiful Pennsylvania roads. The warmer spring weather means you will be sharing the road with more motorcycles. Even though some motorcyclists ride year-round, many riders put up their motorcycles for winter. Therefore, it is a good time of year to remind all drivers to be aware of motorcyclists on our roads.
Because motorcycles are small vehicles, it is easy to miss them when you are distracted or simply not paying attention. Drivers of all vehicles, including motorcyclists, must be aware of their surroundings and watch for other vehicles sharing the road. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk for traumatic injuries in a motorcycle accident due to the lack of protection that a car offers its occupants. Please do your part by watching for motorcyclists on our roads this spring so that everyone can enjoy our beautiful Pennsylvania weather and scenery.
Spring Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists need to do their part to remain safe on our roads this spring. Some drivers may have grown accustomed to seeing fewer motorcycles on the road during the winter and are not paying close attention. Make yourself and your motorcycle as visible as possible to other drivers. Watch for drivers and always remain alert when driving. Avoid distractions such as cell phones and radios that can keep you from seeing a driver about to turn in front of you.
If you have your motorcycle in storage for the winter, have it completely checked before riding it this spring. A well-maintained bike is a safer bike. Make sure that you or your mechanic checks your brakes, tires, battery, electrics, suspension, steering, coolant, oil, and lights.
Also, remember that Pennsylvania spring weather can be unpredictable. Watch for slick roads even when the weather has warmed up slightly — we can still have cool nights in many parts of the state. Standing water can also be a hazard. Puddles can hide potholes that have developed over the winter so drive with extra caution.
Have a Safe and Enjoyable Spring!
We hope that everyone remains safe on our roads. However, even the safest drivers can be injured in a motorcycle accident. The steps you take after a motorcycle accident are very important. You want to be checked by a medical professional regardless of the severity of your injuries. Your health is your top priority, and you should make it a priority to seek medical attention.
Repairing or replacing your motorcycle is another priority. The insurance company for the other driver is responsible for repairing or replacing your vehicle if the other driver is at fault. However, the insurance company may not treat you fairly when negotiating a settlement. You may also have trouble receiving compensation for your other damages. If so, you need to contact an attorney immediately.
Our Erie motorcycle accident attorney has extensive experience assisting motorcyclists in recovering fair and just compensation for their injuries, losses, and damages. Don’t let the insurance adjuster convince you that you don’t need an attorney to protect your rights. The adjuster is not looking out for you, but we are!
Contact the Travis Law Firm toll free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with an Erie motorcycle accident attorney.