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New york Motorcycle Safety


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New York is a great state for motorcycling. The scenic routes provide beauty and adventure for riders of all ages. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are also an aspect of motorcycling and they are increasing every year. Here are some motorcycle safety tips to make your next motorcycle trip a safe one.

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New york Motorcycle Safety

  1. 1. New York Motorcycle Safety Bikers in our state face a number of dangers every time we take to the road…
  2. 2. New York – A Great State for Riders There’s nothing quite like riding a motorcycle on an open road, especially on a beautiful, fall day in New York State. Great gas mileage, easier parking and smaller storage requirements all make motorcycles very appealing to riders everywhere. But there are still plenty of risks for bikers. Awareness of motorcycle dangers just might make the all the difference in your next ride.
  3. 3. The Dangers of Motorcycling (from the NHTSA)  When involved in a crash, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be killed than people in passenger cars.  In 2012, there was a 7 percent increase in motorcycle deaths and a 15 percent increase in motorcycle injuries from the previous year.  From 2003 to 2012, there was a 33 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities.  The fatality rate for motorcyclists was 6 times the rate than for those in passenger cars.  93 percent of motorcyclists killed in a car accident were riders, and 7 percent were passengers.  80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in fatalities  40 percent of motorcycle fatalities were among those 40 years of age or older.
  4. 4. The Biggest Threats to Motorcyclists  In 2012, 52 percent of all motorcycle fatalities involved collisions with another moving vehicle.  In two-vehicle collisions, 75 percent of motorcycle crashes occurred when a motorcycle collided with the vehicle in from of them, compared to only 7 percent from behind.  22 percent of motorcycle fatalities occurred when a motorcycle collided with a fixed object.  The NHTSA reported that in two-vehicle crashes involving both motorcycles and passenger vehicles, 98 percent of fatalities were motorcycle riders.  In 2005, of two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger car and a motorcycle, 91 percent were on non-interstate roadways.  70 percent of motorcycle crashes occur at intersections
  5. 5. Stay Legal and Safe With Helmets  The NHTSA estimates that in 2012, helmets saved the lives of 1,699 motorcyclists, while 718 lives were lost because they didn’t wear helmets.  It is also estimated that helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatalities for motorcycle riders.  New York law requires the use of helmets for all motorcyclists.
  6. 6. Alcohol Use In Motorcycle Crashes  In crashes that occurred in 2012, a higher percentage of motorcycle operators tested over .08 percent alcohol concentration (BAC) than other motor vehicle drivers.  43 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes had over .08 percent BAC. That percentage was a startling 63 percent on weekends. 29 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders were over .08 percent BAC.
  7. 7. Motorcycles and Bad Weather  When driving in the rain, remember that the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins.  Be aware of the fact that “long-lasting” tires are often less tacky and don’t have good traction.  If riding in cold weather, always dress warmly to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.  Windshields actually help you stay warm when riding in colder temperatures Some tips from the DMV:
  8. 8. Safety Tips for Bikers These guidelines from the NHTSA are great for newcomers and seasoned veterans alike:  Always wear a helmet and protective gear  Attend a motorcycle safety class and learn defensive driving  Choose a motorcycle that fits your size  Be cautious at intersections  Avoid biking in bad weather  Avoid a car’s blind spots  Assume you are invisible to other motorists
  9. 9. The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Allstate gives us a great checklist for motorcycles. In addition to yearly tune-ups, you’ll want to regularly check:  Oil levels  Tires for wear and loss of tread  Lights and signals  Brake pads and brake fluid  Battery cables and connectors  Chain strength and lubrication  Filters – including oil, air and fuel  Fuel levels and fuel lines, look for leaks  Steering for smoothness and appropriate tightness
  10. 10. New York State Biking Laws 1. In New York State, you must have a Class M or MJ Operator’s License or Learner’s Permit. 2. You and your passengers must wear a helmet 3. Riders must wear eyewear if not included on the helmet 4. Daytime headlight use is required 5. If carrying a passenger, a passenger seat and footrest are required 6. Motorcycle helmet speakers may only have one earphone 7. Only two motorcycles may ride side by side in a single lane 8. See additional equipment requirements listed on the NY Department of Health website: d_licensing.htm
  11. 11. Need Legal Help? If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another driver or because of a roadway defect, you should call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC. Our team has decades of experience helping riders to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. Our consultation is free and we charge no legal fees unless we win your case. Disclaimer: All content is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. Interaction with or distribution/sharing of this material does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. This is online material falls under classification as attorney advertising.