O’Connor & Partners’ Top Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Motorcyclists
You know it's going to be a warm spring day when you hear the rumble of motorcycles in the morning. It's a distinct sound that heralds riders returning to their great love now that the weather is more hospitable.
It's also a sign that both riders and drivers should review safety tips on bicycles and motorcycles. The injury attorneys at O'Connor & Partners know the devastating effects crashes can have on bicyclists and motorcyclists, so they are sharing some top safety tips.
1) Invest in formal training. Two seconds is all bikers have in most instances to avoid a crash, but 92 percent of those involved in crashes taught themselves or learn from family or friends, according to HG.org. "More than ½ of the accident-involved motorcycle riders had less than 5 months experience on the accident motorcycle," the HG.org article states.
2) Wear a helmet. Not only is it the law, but "research shows that helmets are effective at reducing the risk of head injury by 69 percent," according to roadracerz.com. Stick to DOT-approved helmets and eye protection, as novelty helmets are illegal.
3) Stay focused. Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or when you are tired. As your ride, constantly be on the look out for potential dangers, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee suggests.
1) No matter what your age, wear a helmet. Avoid using a motorcycle or snowmobile helmet and invest in a good bicycle helmet; many can be used for other sports including skateboarding and in-line skating, according to the New York Department of Health.
2) Follow the rules of the road. Although you're riding a bicycle, you are still considered road traffic, so go with the flow of traffic and obey traffic signals, the New York Department of Health advises.
3) Don't text and ride. You'll want to avoid wearing earbuds, too, so you can stay focused on your surroundings.
If you or a loved one is involved in a crash, you could be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault driver or their insurance company. The attorneys at O'Connor & Partners can help you and your family navigate the process and get the money you deserve. Learn more at oconnorpersonalinjury.com or by calling 845-303-8777. They are on your side.