Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle accidents are usually very serious. These types of accidents have a higher death rate than auto accidents in the United States. While motorcycle accident statistics are chilling, these accidents are completely preventable. By observing motorcycle safety precautions, as well as the rules of the road, motorcycle riding can become much less dangerous. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the law office of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers have what it takes to offer you quality legal representation.

One of the most effective forms of motorcycle safety, is getting your motorcycle safety education. In most states, if you are going to get your motorcycle license, you must take a skills test accompanied by a safety course. In the event that your state does not require motorcycle safety, you should still take it. Motorcycle safety courses teach inexperienced riders the rules of the road that apply to motorcycle riders, as well as procedures to take if faced with an emergency while riding your motorcycle. These courses also allow you to gain confidence by practicing motorcycle skills in a safe and controlled environment.

Another way to practice motorcycle safety, is to ensure that you wear the proper riding gear. Motorcycle riders have high body exposure while on the road. For this reason it is important to always cover your entire body. This means pants and a jacket made of leather, or a similar heavy material to protect you in the event that your motorcycle crashes and your skin comes in contact with the pavement. Boots or other sturdy shoes with a rugged sole are also essential pieces of motorcycle safety gear. Should your bike tip over and land on your foot, sturdy boots will help protect your feet from serious injury.

Practicing motorcycle safety, just as in car driving safety, means paying attention to the road at all times. Riding a motorcycle while distracted can result in disaster. Motorcycle riders already have a disadvantage on the road, as many car drivers can’t see them. For this reason, motorcycle riders must always stay hyper-aware of everything going on around them. Taking your hands off the bike or eyes off the road, even for a second is extremely hazardous. Phone calls and text messages should be saved until you have safely reached your destination. In the event of an emergency, pull over until your phone call or text message has been completed.

The most important safety procedure you can take when riding a motorcycle, is wearing a department of safety approved helmet. You’ll want to make sure that your helmet fits properly, so that it does not obstruct your view while maximizing head protection. Helmet rules vary from state to state for motorcycle riders. However, wearing a helmet is essential to motorcycle safety, whether your state calls for it or not.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the law office of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals will offer you fine legal representation. Call us today at (877) 504-5562.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP