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5 Top Safety Tips for New Motorcycle Owners

Now that June is here and spring is finally upon us, most people are eager to get outdoors. If your summer plans include buying a new motorcycle or jumping on one for the first time, it’s important to educate yourself about the risks of riding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in a collision than someone behind the wheel of a car. In honor of a long-overdue spring and motorcycle safety awareness month, let’s take a minute to review the top five safety tips for new motorcyclists.

Staying Safe on the Open Road

Whether you’re a novice rider or an experienced motorcyclist riding again after the winter months, it’s important to stay safe.

  1. Buy the Right Bike for You

Like cars, not all motorcycles work for everyone. Depending on your lifestyle and your body type, a large bike might not suit you. Similarly, heavier bikes work well for people who can handle them. Test drive several different models and work with a knowledgeable sales representative who can (literally) steer you in the right direction. If you have your heart set on a particular style or brand, remember that you will enjoy yourself more if you’re comfortable and in control of your bike. You will also stay safer.

  1. Wear Protective Gear

The leather gear you see in motorcycle dealerships and shops might help you look the part, but it’s really designed to serve a more practical purpose: safety. Road rash accounts for some of the most horrendous injuries suffered by motorcyclists in car crashes. It’s not uncommon for riders to require amputations after skidding against concrete during a collision. Long sleeves, over-the-ankle pants, gloves, and sturdy shoes should be standard regardless of the weather.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice (Riding)

Riding a motorcycle is not like driving a car – or riding a bike. Before you drive anywhere, your first stop should be at a motorcycle instruction course. Experience will give you confidence, which will improve your reaction time if you encounter a close-call on the road. Check your local Department of Motor Vehicles for class offerings. Many motorcycle manufacturers also offer classes led by certified teachers.

  1. Don’t Skip the Helmet

In New York State, motorcyclists (and their passengers) are required to wear helmets and protective eyewear. More importantly, motorcycle helmets save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve cyclists without helmets.

  1. Keep an Eye on the Weather

Avoid inclement weather whenever possible. Rain is especially dangerous for motorcyclists. In addition to reducing your visibility, wet pavement makes it difficult for your tires to grip the road, compromising your ability to make sudden maneuvers and quick turns.

Motorcycle Personal Injury Lawyers

At Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, we help accident victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, call our experienced attorneys today at 212-240-0365 for a free consultation about your case.

This website has been prepared by Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, LLP for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

Police brutality claims in New York

Recently, there have been a couple of publicized cases involving police brutality in New York. The first involved a million-dollar award made to a Syracuse man who received injuries at the hands of a state trooper in 2001.

The second case is more recent. A Queens judge is alleging that he is the victim of police brutality in New York City when a police officer struck him in the throat. The judge said he witnessed the officers beating a homeless man who was wielding a pipe. The homeless man has also lodged a police brutality complaint over the incident, which took place in Elmhurst in June of this year.

What do these two cases show about police brutality?

These seem to be two very different cases, and they are. But they prove a couple of things to be true regarding police brutality in New York.

The first is that it might take a long time to settle your case. Eleven years to settle the case of the man in the first example. Tenacity pays off. Most lawyers will take your case on contingency, so you won’t be out any money upfront. (More about contingency fees here.)

Secondly, anyone can be the victim of police brutality, from the person being arrested to a bystander. The judge was a witness who says he was trying to keep the crowd that had gathered from encroaching on the officers when one of them mistook him for a vocal protester. This does not, however, excuse the police officer or justify his action.

What to do if you think you have a case

If you feel you have just cause to bring a case against a policeman or state trooper, the best thing to do is to consult with an experienced police brutality attorney in New York to discuss your case and the next steps in recovering damages.