If you're a motorcycle rider, you may have experienced it—you're idling at a red light, waiting for it to turn green for what feels like an eternity.
It does not change.
Malfunctioning traffic lights happen, and sometimes the vehicle detection systems designed to trigger a light change don't recognize motorcycles, keeping a red light frozen. That's a safety issue that has long begged a question from motorcyclists and drivers stuck at them: Do I stay or do I go?
Pennsylvania's new Ride on Red law, originally designed to help protect motorcyclists stuck at busted red lights, goes into effect Sept. 18 and allows all motorists to proceed with caution when they are stuck at a malfunctioning light.
The law change was applauded by motorcycle safety groups such as the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (more commonly known as A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania), that say that it will help prevent motorcycle riders from being harmed in rear-end crashes at intersections with malfunctioning lights.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates have seen first-hand how devastating fender benders can be for motorcyclists versus those driving and riding in cars, trucks, and SUVs.
Consider this: Collisions with cars remain the most harmful events for motorcyclists, accounting for more than half of all injuries they suffer. Collisions with another automobile or object were to blame for 18 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents.
We hope the new stipulation, signed into law as part of Act 101, will help improve those statistics—and that riders and motorists alike proceed with caution any time they need to ride on red.
Our firm has been representing people injured in motorcycle accidents and motor vehicle accidents for more than 30 years. We can tell you that hearing the details of our clients' injuries and seeing how these accidents forever impact their lives—as well as their families'—never gets easier to digest.
While accidents happen, so many crashes are preventable. We wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to do your part to keep Pennsylvania roads a little safer—take the Edgar Snyder & Associates Safe Driving Pledge.
It only takes a moment to complete the online form, and when you do, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. If you ride a motorcycle, we also invite you to join Snyder's Riders, a community dedicated to safety.
We hope you never get into an accident. But if you do, you'll probably be looking for someone to trust. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, you can trust our experience, our track record, and our promise to our clients: There's never a fee unless we get money for you.