Things to consider if your teenager wants a motorcycle

As a parent, you may dread the day your teenager is old enough to ride a motorcycle. Unless you have ridden one yourself, you may not appreciate the joy and freedom it can bring. If you have, though, you will know firsthand how dangerous it can be. Motorcyclists often assume that drivers cause most motorcycle crashes. However, when teenage motorcyclists are concerned, it is different. According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDH), teenage motorcyclists are at fault in two out of every three crashes they were involved in. The...

The Risks Motorcyclists Face

Riding a motorcycle provides enjoyment, but it also comes with more than its share of risks. Cars and trucks enjoy the safety of an enclosed structure with seatbelts that can protect them from an accident. While motorcyclists lack that luxury, it doesn’t stop them from enjoying the open road. Some cite the statistics involving a higher number of fatalities for those who operate two-wheel transports. While motorcyclists are fewer in number, deaths are calculated based on miles traveled. While often cited, those tragedies are on the decline....

Motorcycles might be safer than you think

Motorcycle sales have risen this year, perhaps due to COVID and the appeal of hitting the open road. Sitting with other people on a crowded public transport system, such as a bus or a train, is no longer considered safe and people are looking for alternatives. You have probably heard others talk about the dangers of motorcycling. Maybe your mother forbade you from buying one, as she did not want you to “get yourself killed.” The question is, is motorcycling as dangerous as people think? Not according to the statistics. According to The...

With fewer cars on the road, drivers speed, crashes worsen

The pandemic of 2020 has been a time of staying at home and less driving. But now that the state and country are opening up, people need to be careful to stay safe on the road. When people do drive, many have been speeding or not paying attention due to the lack of other cars on the road. But this carelessness has also led to more serious crashes. On June 12, a fatal crash was reported in Gowanda County. One person died and multiple others were injured in the early morning crash. This is just one more in many recent reports of fatal crashes...

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...

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...

Beware of insurance adjusters bearing (small) gifts

As discussed in an earlier blog post, Campbell & Associates does more to protect our client’s rights to “no-fault” benefits than any other personal injury firm in Western New York.  Today we discuss the flip side of New York’s automobile insurance system – the “serious injury” threshold, and how insurance adjusters use the public’s lack of understanding about this law against them. The interaction between “no fault” benefits and the “serious injury” threshold is a compromise.  On one hand, as the name suggests, drivers in New York are...

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