Increase In “Extreme Speeding” by Drivers During Covid-19 Quarantine

The Covid-19 health crisis and social distancing measures have significantly altered everyday life in America.  One result is fewer vehicles on the roads as citizens shelter at home.  Unfortunately, it appears that some drivers are taking advantage of emptier roads to drive at speeds over 100 miles per hour (mph), including street racing and other selfish stunts.

According to an article from CBS News, New York City – the eastern epicenter of the pandemic – saw speed camera tickets in March more than double.  In the Washington D.C. area, a driver was caught going 111 mph on Interstate 95, typically one of the most congested roads in the country.  In Minnesota, traffic deaths have more than doubled.  These actions waste critical medical resources.

Most disturbingly, a driver in California was caught going 117 mph without insurance.  The prospect of any driver, especially an uninsured driver, being involved in a collision at such high speeds is catastrophic.

As the weather improves, more and more people are leaving their homes to walk, jog and bike as a respite from the monotony of staying home and social distancing.  It is therefore even MORE vital now that drivers pay attention and drive within posted speed limits.  If you have to go somewhere, please drive safely.  After all, what’s the hurry?

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Grass clippings are a hazard for motorcyclists

 

As the warmer months continue, people are going to be cutting their grass. While this is a necessary task, it is one that poses a unique hazard for motorcyclists. Anyone who is going to cut grass must ensure that they aren’t blowing it into the street.

Grass is 85% water and is very slick even when it is dry. Grass that comes between the motorcycles tires and the road can make it impossible for the motorcyclist to steer, which can lead to a crash. The roadway doesn’t have to be covered for this to occur. Even a small amount of clippings can lead to the loss of traction that causes the biker to lose control. The hazard is so great that driving on grass clippings is often compared to riding on a sheet of ice.

New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Sections 1219 and 1220 cover the discharge of debris onto roadways in the state. These laws specifically prohibit putting anything onto the road that might cause injury. This shows how important it is to keep the roads safe for everyone, including motorcyclists, to use.

For a motorcyclist who loses control on grass clippings, the injuries can be severe. Road rash (which has a risk of infection), head injuries, damage to the spinal cord, broken bones and other injuries are possible. It’s imperative that they receive the care they need. They might opt to pursue a claim for compensation that can help them to cover the costs of getting treatment for their injuries, as well as any other financial damages they suffer due to the wreck.

Motorcyclists: At a high risk of a serious collision

Riding a motorcycle is supposed to feel freeing. You have less between you and the environment around you. Motorcycles save money on gas, and you can take them more places.

What is troubling, though, is how often people are hurt while riding. Did you know that 5,172 motorcyclists and their passengers died in crashes in 2017, according to the National Safety Council? Despite making up only .6% of all vehicular miles traveled in the United States, motorcyclists made up 14% of the total traffic fatalities that year.

Who gets killed in motorcycle crashes?

In the majority of cases, it’s men who die in motorcycle crashes, making up 91% of all victims. Approximately 28% of riders who passed away were impaired by alcohol in 2017.

What makes it so easy for drivers to hit motorcyclists?

One of the reasons is because motorcycles are relatively small compared to other vehicles. Drivers just don’t always see them, and once they do, it may be too late to stop.

Another reason that these crashes happen is because of the different way in which motorcyclists move. They have a better ability to move back and forth in lane and to drive in narrower areas. Drivers need to account for those movements to prevent motorcycle crashes.

Finally, many drivers are distracted. This leads to a significant risk of collisions of all types, not just with motorcyclists.

While people often think it’s teens and young adults who suffer more fatalities in these motorcycle crashes, it’s actually motorcyclists who are 50 or older who made up 36% of all fatalities.

As you can see, the roads aren’t always safe for motorcyclists, and there are real risks. If you intend to ride, do your best to be aware of your surroundings. If you get hit, then you may want to look into filing a claim.