Motorcycles are a thrilling hobby and an economic form of transportation. Erie and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania offer many great opportunities for long, scenic rides. Riding along the Lake Erie coast is hard to match. With that being said, motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous and cause serious injuries. While many riders take the necessary precautions to stay safe, nobody can control the driving behaviors of others. Since motorcycle’s offer little external protection, very few motorcycle accidents result in minor damages.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an Erie motorcycle accident attorney. An attorney could obtain compensation on your behalf to help with the damages, loss of income, and suffering associated with your motorcycle accident. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have a wealth of experience dealing with all various forms of motorcycle accidents. This experience is vital in maximizing the potential for compensation on your behalf.
Since the potential for danger is high in motorcycle accidents, Pennsylvania has many laws and precautions in place to keep riders safe. In Pennsylvania, it is mandatory for all riders and passengers to wear protection on their eyes. While helmets are not mandatory, there are a number of precautions riders must follow: riders must be over 21 to make the decision not to wear a helmet, riders must either have two years of ride experience or have participated in two safety courses before riding without a helmet.
There are other laws and precautions dealing with the motorcycle itself. Motorcycles cannot be ridden if they were produced before April 1977. Motorcycles must also include specific mufflers. If you wish to ride with a passenger in Pennsylvania, you must have separate seats and footrests for your passenger.
Pennsylvania also promotes safe riding by requiring motorcycle insurance, mandated inspections, and by providing state funding for motorcycle safety courses. Pennsylvania also has laws in place to prevent motorcycles from sharing or driving in between lanes with larger passenger vehicles.
Aside from Pennsylvania law, there are steps you can take to increase safety while riding a motorcycle. You should take advantage of motorcycle safety courses, as they can increase your comfort level, driving skills, and awareness. Despite your ability to ride without a helmet, you should always wear a helmet while riding. Additionally, you should wear protective riding jackets and other gear designed to prevent road rash and other motorcycle related injuries.
Despite the numerous safety precautions in place, accidents still happen. A neglectful driver can strike you while riding and change your life for the foreseeable future. Motorcycle accidents usually result in severe injury, costly medical bills, and may prevent you from earning an income. You should not let the debilitating effects of another’s negligence prevent you from returning to a good quality of life. You should contact an experienced Erie motorcycle accident attorney. For a free consultation with Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day and are ready to fight to obtain compensation on your behalf.