Motorcyclists get excited this time of year in New York, as warmer temperatures bring “riding weather.” Nothing makes you forget about winter faster than a cruise on the bike, but some of these rides end prematurely – in a wreck.
Aside from the usual causes of motorcycle crashes – motorists who fail to yield, biker inexperience or drunk driving – spring brings its own unique set of dangers. Before you take to the road, please keep these in mind.
Potholes And Gravel
The New York winter threw a lot at us in 2014-15. There was a ton of snow, ice and plowing. All of those things laid a beating on the roads, creating potholes and cracks in the pavement. While the government is responsible for getting public roads in a safe condition, potholes and loose gravel are sometimes overlooked. All it takes is one pothole or a bit of loose gravel on a turn to lay a hurt on a biker and his or her ride.
By summer, most caged motorists have been trained to keep an eye out for motorcycles. That is not the case in the spring, when New York drivers went all winter without seeing motorcycles and often forget that many riders take to the roads in early spring. Good bikers refuse to trust other motorists during any time of the year, but it is especially important to do so in the spring.
Unfortunately, there are dozens of spring crashes every year that could have easily been prevented had the rider had taken time to ensure that his or her ride was ready for the road.
The people at Bike Bandit put together a nice article, How to Prepare Your Motorcycle for Spring. Follow their guidance and you are on your way to a long, safe riding season.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent motorist, call us at Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick and we will discuss your case with you in a free motorcycle accident consultation.