Take a look outside recently anywhere in the northeast, including the Staten Island, New York, area and the last thing on your mind is spring. Or maybe the recent massive snow storm is encouraging everyone to long for the brighter, warmer and nicer days of spring on the horizon. While wintry weather, such as what hit recently, will dissuade even the most fanatic motorcyclist in the area, once the roads have cleared and once the temperatures rise we will inevitably see more motorcyclists on the road. And, with an increase in motorcyclists comes a whole new set of hazards to keep in mind when we hit the streets.
Whether you are a rider yourself or you are on the roads in a typical car, it is important to be mindful of motorcycles on the road. Most motorists have not seen motorcycles on the road for months, so they will be less inclined to look for them. This is important both for motorcyclists and those who are in cars.
Motorcyclists are at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to an accident. Unlike a car, which offers multiple protections including seatbelts, airbags and the car itself acting as a shell, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to serious injuries from not only an initial impact with another vehicle, but subsequent vulnerabilities if they are thrown off the motorcycle and onto the road in the midst of traffic.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries you suffer as a result of the accident.
Source: findlaw.com, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," Accessed Mar. 14, 2017