According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, motorcycle crashes in the state decreased by 7.5 percent between 2017 and 2016. Rather than illustrate a steady decline, however, a look at the department’s reported figures from 2013 to 2017 shows troubling fluctuations in not just the number of crashes involving motorcycles, but also the number of fatal injury crashes involving a motorcycle. At the time of compiling this article, the Pennsylvania D.O.T. had not yet published the statistics for 2018.
Our law office has covered many issues related to motorcycle wrecks on this blog. Sometimes, these accidents are the result of a motorcyclist's error, such as someone who rides drunk or does not have very much experience. Even if you are an extremely experienced motorcyclist who always focuses on riding safely, you may be hurt or even killed in a wreck caused by an inexperienced motorcyclist, especially if you regularly ride in a group. It is essential for motorcyclists to stay safe and be cognizant of any risk factors that could endanger their safety while they are riding.
Motorcycles can be dangerous for many reasons, but some situations are especially concerning. For example, some people like to ride with their friends and this can be disastrous when things go wrong on the road. When motorcyclists ride in a group, there may be multiple wrecks if one of the motorcyclists who is riding in the front of the group crashes. Moreover, there are other hazards that can be present when a group of motorcyclists is on the road.
Motorcyclists face countless threats on the road, many of which have been covered in detail on our blog. In this blog, we will take a closer look at speeding and the different reasons why this behavior is so dangerous, especially when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Sadly, many drivers Pittsburgh and other parts of Pennsylvania frequently go over the speed limit and show no regard for the safety of motorcyclists (or anyone else on the road, for that matter).
Many people are addicted to their smartphones in the digital age, and this is especially concerning on the road. While many people realize how dangerous it is to drive a car or truck while using a phone, some people do not realize that phone use is very problematic when it comes to motorcycle accidents as well. Not only can a crash happen when someone operating a motorcycle uses his or her phone on the road, but an accident may also occur when a passenger is using a phone.
Motorcyclists face many risks every time they take to the road, but poor visibility is especially concerning. Whether the driver of another vehicle has difficulty seeing a motorcyclist or a motorcyclist is unable to see the road well, riding a motorcycle in these conditions can be dangerous in Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania. At our law firm, we know how devastating motorcycle collisions can be for motorcyclists and those they love, which is why we believe it is so important to focus on prevention. Sadly, it is already too late for some victims and those who have found themselves in this position because of a negligent driver should know their rights.
Labor Day weekend brings people together across the country, from family parties to events and other types of gatherings. Unfortunately, it can also bring an increased risk of traffic collisions, and this is especially concerning for motorcyclists. Many people enjoy riding their motorcycle during Labor Day and since this holiday marks the unofficial end of summer, motorcyclists in many areas want to spend some time on their motorcycle before the cooler fall weather sets in. Sadly, accidents occur too often on this holiday, completely putting an end to celebrations.
There are all sorts of motorcycle accident risk factors that motorcyclists and those driving any type of vehicle should be aware of—distractions, bad road conditions, etc. That said, the use of alcohol is especially concerning and has been responsible for many motorcycle accidents over the years. From the loss of life to injuries that permanently shatter a person’s life, drunk driving is a major concern. Whether you ride a motorcycle or have concerns about a loved one who is a motorcyclist, it may be helpful to review statistics on motorcycle wrecks, such as the prevalence of drunk riding at certain times of the day.
Motorcyclists are involved in collisions for many reasons, from fog and heavy rain to distracted drivers and carelessness. However, prescription medication is particularly concerning and has been responsible for many motorcycle collisions in recent years. Not only do some motorcyclists find themselves in serious crashes as a result of their consumption of certain prescriptions, but some are also hit by drivers who are drowsy and unable to focus on the road because of prescription drugs.
A motorcyclist could become involved in an accident on the road for a number of reasons. Negligent drivers are particularly concerning, as well as drivers who are distracted or do not pay attention to the road carefully. During the summertime, extreme heat is another potential concern that can lead to a motorcycle accident. When a motorcyclist suffers from heat-related fatigue, they may be more likely to become involved in a collision that claims their life or results in a devastating injury. If you are planning on riding a motorcycle during very hot weather, it is important to be vigilant and watch out for signs that you are suffering from heat exhaustion.