Introducing the Edgar Snyder & Associates Motorcycle Safety Resource Center
It seemed like we'd never see warmer weather, but finally it has arrived. Perhaps you've even heard the familiar rumble of a motorcycle or seen motorcyclists out on the open road. May 1 marks the beginning of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and I'm especially excited to share our law firm's Motorcycle Safety Resource Center.
Car accident statistics continue to decrease every year, but unfortunately the number of motorcycle fatalities has doubled over the past 15 years. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities increased by nearly nine percent during the first nine months of 2012.
We launched this section of our website to help drivers and motorcyclists understand the laws that impact them, share safety tips, and provide information to prevent injuries.
Our Motorcycle Safety Resource Center features:
- State-by-state helmet laws
- State-by-state motorcycle insurance laws
- Custom motorcycles
- Safety articles and advice
- Injury prevention tips
- Accident statistics
- Motorcycle sponsorships
- Helpful links
- And more
Think Safety First
Whether you're a driver or a motorcyclist, I urge everyone to stay alert when on the road. It only takes one mistake to change lives forever. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
If you're a driver…
- Watch for motorcyclists at all times. Check your blind spots before you switch lanes or merge into traffic, and be aware that motorcyclists are harder to spot at dawn and dusk.
- Allow plenty of space between your vehicle and a motorcycle.
- Keep in mind that a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable than you are in an enclosed vehicle.
- Avoid driver distractions, such as changing the radio station or talking on a hand-held cell phone.
- Remember that texting while driving is illegal in Pennsylvania and is very dangerous.
If you're a motorcyclist…
- Perform a safety check on your motorcycle every time before you ride, including thorough inspections regularly.
- Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation-approved rider safety course. There are several courses available for different experience levels.
- Always, always wear a helmet. Wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet greatly increases your chance of surviving a motorcycle accident.
- Stay as visible as possible to other drivers. Avoid riding in their blind spots, allow plenty of space between your motorcycle and another vehicle, and follow all traffic laws. Don't weave in and out of traffic or pass other vehicles unless permitted.
- Watch for dangerous road conditions, such as loose gravel, tar and chip, potholes, etc.
On behalf of our staff, I wish you and your loved ones a safe and injury-free motorcycle riding season.