Posted On: September 28, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

How to Prevent Philadelphia Motorcycle Accidents

For a motorcyclist, there is nothing like riding down the open road with the sun on your face and the wind at your back. However, a split second can change an enjoyable experience into a catastrophic injury or worse, death. Because motorcyclists don’t have the protective barrier that motorists in passenger vehicles and trucks do, motorcyclists have a higher risk of serious injury in a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident. However, there are a few tips that riders can take in order to prevent crashes and keep themselves out of harm’s way.

  • Always wear a helmet. While Pennsylvania law states that all motorcyclists must wear helmets unless they’ve reached the age of 21 and have at least two years of licensed riding experience OR have completed a motorcycle safety course, it is important to ALWAYS wear a helmet no matter your age or experience.
  • Wear proper riding gear. Shorts and t-shirts are not proper riding apparel. Utilize riding boots, leathers, riding gloves and other riding gear. In the event of a crash where a rider skids on pavement, appropriate riding apparel can aid in protecting the rider from road rash and other injuries.
  • Obey ALL traffic laws. Do not speed, ride aggressively or weave in and out of traffic. Do not ride in another motorist’s blind spot.
  • Ensure that the motorcycle has been maintained and is in good working condition.

According to the NHTSA, in 2008, 5,290 motorcyclists were killed in U.S. crashes with another 96,000 injured. 227 motorcycle fatalities occurred in Pennsylvania and only 49% of those killed were wearing helmets.

If you or a loved one has been injured or wrongfully killed in a motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania, a skilled Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney can help. At Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP, we have the necessary resources to reconstruct your accident and determine the at fault party. If another driver’s negligence contributed to your injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical bills, damage to your vehicle, loss of income if your injuries prevent you from working and other damages. Call Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP today at (888) 684-7192 for a free consultation.