This weekend, scores of people who ride motorcycles will be on the road travelling throughout Pennsylvania. The weather is ideal, and the celebrations for the height of the summer are bound to bring more people out than usual. As a matter of fact, AAA estimates that more than 40 million Americans across the country will be on the road. Because of this, the likelihood of accidents increases.
Motorcyclists are out in force on Pennsylvania roads these days, as the weather is nice and the days are longer. People who ride motorcycles will tell you that the feeling of being on a bike is one that is hard to match. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are sometimes difficult for other drivers to see. There can be many reasons for this; the glare from the sun can obscure drivers' vision, and motorcyclists can sometimes be virtually invisible if they are in a vehicle's blind spot.
This winter has been a particularly tough one for Pennsylvanians and people all over the country. Now that it's finally warming up, several rites of spring are upon us, including Easter, an abundance of robins, and folks wanting to get out and about after several long, cold months spent inside. One way that Pennsylvanians love to get out and enjoy their surroundings is by taking a ride on their motorcycles.
As it is, Pennsylvania motorcycle riders are often at a disadvantage on the road compared to other motorists. Drivers may not always see someone on a motorcycle, even in the best of conditions. And when conditions are worse than normal, that problem can intensify.
Today isn't exactly the picture of beautiful weather. It isn't a motorcycle rider's dream to hit the Pennsylvania roads while they are sloppy and the wind is cold. As every year proves, however, the winter has its end; spring will arrive; riders will want to ride again.
Ideas for legislative change come from many sources. If laws are a matter of safety, perhaps it is no surprise that emergency room doctors would form some opinions about how certain injuries and illnesses could be prevented.
Based on the premise of a legislative effort in Pennsylvania, there is a right and wrong way to use a learner's permit. Motorcycle riders in the state, according to lawmakers, have been abusing the existing motorcycle learner's permit system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that U.S. roads are safer today than they were in the 1950s. But that is more than 60 years ago. Surely laws and knowledge alone would result in better drivers and fewer traffic fatalities, right?
It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. That's the saying, right? It is a philosophy that motivates many people to take on as many safety precautions that they can in order to avoid accidents. Unfortunately, accidents will happen, usually because another person failed to act responsibly.
In a recent post on this personal injury site, we shared a Pennsylvania motorcyclist's thoughts about a recent incident involving a death and an assault involving motorcycle riders. He tried to make the point that not all who ride motorcycles cause mayhem like those involved in the New York incident.