According to the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP, motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 18, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a New York personal injury law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of motorcyclists and others injured in motor vehicle accidents, is recognizing Motorcycle Awareness Month this May by reminding cyclists and motorists alike to share the road safely. According to statistics from the National Safety Council (NSC), traffic accident fatalities involving drivers and motorcycles increased 131 percent nationwide between 1998 and 2008. In 2009 alone, 152 motorcycle accidents resulted in fatalities, according to the New York Sate Department of Motor Vehicles. [nsc.org/nsc_events/Documents/NSM%20Tipsheet%20Motorcycle.pdf; dmv.ny.gov/Statistics/2009MotorcycleSummary.pdf]
According to the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP, motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. A motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a car or truck’s blind spot. Every driver needs to aggressively look for motorcyclists before changing lanes or merging with traffic. Motorcyclists must ensure that they are visible to motorists, and that they follow the rules of the road.
According to Parker Waichman LLP, to ensure the safety of every motorist on the road, drivers should:
- Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.
- Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
- Always signal intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo¬torcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
- Allow more following distance - three or four sec¬onds - when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emer¬gency.
- Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
- Never drive while distracted.
To stay safe, all motorcyclists should:
- Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
- Wear brightly colored protective gear and helmet.
- Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it.
- Combine hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves.
- Use reflective tape and stickers to increase visability.
- Position themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers.
- Never drive while impaired.
Parker Waichman LLP is a leading mass tort, environmental and personal injury law firm that represents plaintiffs in motorcycle accident lawsuits in New York and nationwide. The firm has offices in New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Florida. For more than two decades, Parker Waichman LLP has assisted thousands of clients in receiving fair compensation due to the negligence of others. For more information on Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney