Attorney Big Al Advises Motorcycle Awareness To Prevent Higher Motorcycle Accident Fatality Rate

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After the death of Michigan state representative Peter Pettalia last month in a motorcycle crash, Attorney Big Al offers tips for safer driving tactics for drivers on the road. Increased awareness of the dangers vehicles pose to motorcycles can prevent winter crash rates from increasing.

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Defensive driving on the part of the motorcycle drivers is critical...

Following the death of Michigan state representative Peter Pettalia in a motorcycle crash last month, legislators and legal experts across the country are calling for increased motorcycle safety. Attorney Big Al of 1-800-HURT-123 weighs in on the best ways to prevent future accidents.

Pettalia, a Republican state representative, crashed his motorcycle on a Monday evening on September 13th. He was 61. A third-term member of the House of Representatives, Pettalia was elected in 2010 to represent the citizens of Presque Isle, Alcona, Alpena, and Iosco counties, as well as parts of Cheboygan county. He was recognized for his efforts in motorcycle advocacy, most notably in his work to repeal state-wide motorcycle helmet requirements. In addition to this, he was the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Even such a prominent Michigan citizen and motorcycle advocate was not invincible against the dangers of driving a motorcycle, and Attorney Big Al, who has more than 17 years of experience in motorcycle crash litigation, encourages drivers to use his death as a moment to learn more about motorcycle safety.

In a statement, he commented, “I have represented many motorcyclists and I know how dangerous it can be for America’s motorcycle enthusiasts on our roads. Defensive driving on the part of the motorcycle drivers is critical, but it is even more important that other vehicle drivers know proper road safety around motorcycles. Often, it is a car that does not see the driver of the motorcycle. Education is critical.”

It is imperative for the drivers of cars to pay close attention to motorcycles. Many drivers look for other cars when they consider merging, but drivers must also make a point to expect motorcycles and other small vehicles on the road when they plan their route. Defensive driving can also assist car drivers in avoiding collisions with other vehicles in addition to motorcycles. By expecting to see motorcycles, car drivers can help reduce the rising rates of motorcycle accidents in the winter, and the death of Peter Pettalia will serve as a reminder about the importance of proper road safety.

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