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Motorcycle Safety on the Road: What You Should Know

The Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

With the warm weather upon us, more motorcyclists are taking their bikes out for a spin on area roadways. It’s important to note that motorcycles offer less protection to riders and their passengers than most other means of transportation.


At Harding Law, we want all riders to pay close attention to safety. Here are some tips for bikers to follow this summer:

• Most crashes between cars and motorcycles involve turning left. If you are preparing to cross traffic or turn left, double check to make certain it’s safe to proceed.


• Slow down! Speed is the #1 cause of traffic crashes across the board.


• Always wear an approved helmet and eye protection. So-called “novelty helmets” are illegal to wear on New York roadways and don’t provide any measure of safety.


• Wear high visibility vests, garments with reflectorized features and accessories to enhance your visibility.


• Maintain your motorcycle properly. Insure all your lights and horn are working and both mirrors are adjusted. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have legal tread depth. Good traction is paramount to safe handling and braking in all road conditions.


• Maintain a high level of awareness. Scan the roadway constantly for dangers and ride alert. If you’re tired, take a break!

• Never drink alcohol and ride a motorcycle.


• Allow sufficient space between you and the vehicle in front of you.


• Let other motorists know where you’re headed. Signal when you turn with your directional lights or even use hand signals. Flashing your brake light periodically before you stop will alert drivers behind you to be cautious.


In the event of an accident involving your motorcycle, contact our expert New York biker lawyers. We’re experienced in New York motorcycle law and can help you recover for pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Let our New York personal injury lawyers help you win your case.


The Harding Law firm, and its predecessor firm, has been representing victims for 40 years. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in New York, major or minor, you may be entitled to monetary damages. The Harding Law Firm may be able to help you, with no recovery or fees. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What You Should Know About Bicyclist and Pedestrian Personal Injury

The Harding Law Firm - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tragically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, a total of 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles across the U.S.


At Harding Law, we sincerely hope you and your family members aren’t at any risk when cycling, walking or running on area roadways. However, there are personal injury laws protecting the rights of anyone who suffers harm in either situation.


One of the first steps in personal injury law is to show negligence. If the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident failed to do anything to prevent it, he or she is negligent by law. For instance, if a pedestrian is standing on a sidewalk and the driver of a car swerves onto the sidewalk, striking the pedestrian, the pedestrian has a legal right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. However, if a bicyclist crosses a busy street against a traffic signal, there may be no neglect on the part of the motorist; it was most likely the cyclist who was in error.


If there was neglect on the part of the motorist, you may have the right to a personal injury lawsuit. A call to us at Harding Law should be one of the first steps you take after you’ve attended to your injuries.  


You can to represent you and be your ally during personal injury proceedings related to cycling and pedestrian accidents. Call us if we can be of help at any time.


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