Getting behind the wheel of a motorcycle can be an exciting experience
for an avid motorcyclist who embraces the free spirited and freedom loving
culture associated with riding. The thrill of the wind on his/her face
coupled with the versatility of a powerful bike can make even the biggest
daredevil feel invincible on the road.
However, all motorists are required to use reasonable care when operating
vehicles and motorcycles on roadways. What is reasonable will depend upon
the circumstances that were present at the time.
Conversely, speeding, distracting driving, falling asleep at the wheel,
running red lights, and driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol
are never reasonable acts, no matter the circumstances.
our Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys see too many instances where motorists and motorcyclists do not use reasonable
care when on roadways and the result is a preventable accident. Many motorcycle
accidents occur on slippery roadways. Sometimes, these accidents are preventable.
Part of the duty of reasonable care requires motorcyclists to keep the
bike properly maintained. Maintain your tires and make sure your bike
is well equipped with tires appropriate for the road and road conditions.
At this time of year, the roads will be wet from melting snow and from
early rain. Proper tires ensure good performance on wet roadways. Also,
inspect your tires for damage and excessive wear and tear. Riding on excessively
worn tires is reckless, dangerous, and can even amount to
Reasonable care also requires riders to adjust their riding habits in accordance
with the road conditions. If other reasonable motorcycle riders slow down
and keep a safe distance from other motorists, then you should too. Remember,
bad weather makes it harder for people to see and to be seen, so it is
very easy to understand that slowing down and even pulling into a parking
lot to wait for better conditions is reasonable.
Riders must always keep their eyes and ears open while on the road. The
weather might be clear, and the majority of the roadways dry, but portions
and parts of the road may still be wet and treacherous. Be on the lookout
for wet patches of road and for slick oily surfaces because these road
conditions can be the cause of a
Sometimes that best way to stay safe on a motorcycle comes from lessons
learned prior to getting on a bike. We are talking about
motorcycle safety courses. These types of courses teach riders about how to properly handle a motorcycle
in slippery conditions. Learning this before getting on a motorcycle can
save lives. Additionally,
advanced motorcycle classes are available. These may involve taking riders onto closed courses so
that they can practice riding and evasive maneuvering.
Other ways to stay safe include wearing appropriate riding gear. Wear a
helmet. But make sure to wear the appropriate helmet. Also, wear protective
Learn more about the most typical motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them in
our latest article posted here. Read about how improper left turns in front of oncoming traffic can be
deadly for a motorcyclist in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
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