Motorcycles are a fun way to travel in New York City. Unfortunately motorcycle accidents occur all too frequently and the injuries sustained can be devastating. Certain precautions should be taken to minimize the risk of a motorcycle accident.
Follow All Laws
Motorcycle operators are expected to follow the same rules as other drivers on the road. In New York City motorcyclists are expected to follow a number of additional laws which are aimed to increase safety. These laws include:
- Always wear a safety helmet and protective eye wear.
- Always have a daytime headlight on. A modulator is allowed.
- A minimum of one mirror is required. Turn signals, taillight, stop lamp, license plate light, reflector, brakes and a horn are also required.
- The motorcycle handle bars must be equal to or lower than the driver's shoulders.
- Only one ear can listen to music. The speaker for the other ear must be off or ear bud removed so the motorcyclist can hear traffic noises.
- The motorcyclist must have insurance.
- No more than two motorcycles can ride side by side in a lane.
Leave Room Between Other Vehicles
Never ride too closely to other vehicles. Leaving plenty of space will ensure you have enough room to stop suddenly if needed. Practice coming to a stop on your motorcycle in a safe environment so you know how much following distance you should leave. In addition, cars and trucks don't always see motorcycles so leaving space makes it more likely you will be observed by other drivers on the road.
Ride Only in Appropriate Weather
It is harder to control a two wheel vehicle on wet roads. The traction is less and since motorcycles don't have windshield wipers, visibility is lower as well. It is best to check the weather before heading out for a motorcycle ride. Avoid riding on days when heavy rain, snow or ice is predicted. Keep in mind that even with windshield wipers, cars and trucks have reduced visibility making it more likely they won't see you. In addition, slippery roads make it difficult for cars and trucks to keep control as well.
If you are out and it starts to rain, consider getting off the road and waiting until the storm has passed. If you must ride in non-ideal weather conditions make sure you go slowly and leave even more space between yourself and adjacent vehicles.
Contact one of our motorcycle accident attorneys for more information about motorcycle accidents or if you have been in a motorcycle accident and need an attorney. At Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson we have experience handling motorcycle accident cases.