Making sure your bike is in its best condition will give you more peace of mind on the road and make accidents less likely. The seven most basic parts of your bike you need to check up on regularly are the oil, drive chain, tires, brakes, air filter, fuel, and battery.
When it comes to changing your motorcycle’s oil, the general rule of thumb is to change it every 3,700 miles or so, or about once a year. But depending on your driving habits and the environment in which you ride, you may need to change your oil more or less often. For example, if you drive on exceptionally dusty roads, the oil will break down quicker.
The drive chain is responsible for transferring energy from the engine into the rear wheel. You should inspect the drive chain for wear and tear before each ride and clean it every 750-1000 miles. You always need to clean it before lubricating it, which should be done every 300-600 miles.
Michelin recommends that you inspect your tires weekly for signs of wear and the depth of the treads. Look for cracking, punctures, low pressure, or a weird feeling in your tires when you ride your bike. These could all be signs that it’s time to change them.
To be sure that your brakes are in good working order, check the thickness of your brake pads before each ride. Check your manual to see how often to change the brake fluid, but it should be every one or two years.
To keep your engine running as smoothly and powerfully as possible, clean your air filter with compressed air regularly. Check it each time you change your oil and after a particularly dusty or muddy drive.
Similar to cleaning your air filter, cleaning a fuel filter regularly will keep your engine running at its optimal performance and prevent impurities from entering the engine.
To get the longest life out of your battery, be sure to charge it to 100% when you’re not using it. Monitor the electrolyte level, and if it gets too low, add distilled water to it.
Contact a New York motorcycle accident attorney
Were you hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Despite your best efforts to keep your motorcycle in proper working order, accidents can and do happen, particularly when other motorists are negligent. Call an experienced New York motorcycle attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss the compensation you could be owed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 for help right away.
The risks involved in riding a motorcycle instead of driving a car sometimes attract motorcyclists to their choice of vehicle in the first place. Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than cars because they leave the rider fully exposed to the cars and hazards around them. Even helmets and thick leather jackets can’t always protect a motorcyclist from a tragic accident.
One risky behavior many motorcyclists engage in is lane splitting. Lane splitting happens when the motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic, usually when the cars are slowed or stopped due to traffic. The law varies state to state, but in New York, lane splitting is illegal. It is important to be aware of this law because if an accident occurs while the motorcycle rider is lane splitting, the motorcyclist is likely to be held liable.
Why lane-splitting puts drivers and motorcyclists at risk
- Traffic in New York City is especially heavy, fast-moving, and aggressive
- A car may change lanes unexpectedly and without checking for a motorcyclist
- New York City lanes are typically too narrow to lane split safely
- The driver of a car may open their door suddenly if traffic is stopped, hitting or posing an unexpected obstacle to a motorcyclist
- Many motorcyclists lane split at speeds too fast to be deemed safe
- Motorcycles can be difficult to spot on the road, especially by the drivers of 18-wheelers, pickup trucks, and other large vehicles
Who is liable in a lane-splitting accident?
If an accident occurs while a motorcyclist is lane splitting, the odds are that the motorcyclist will be held liable since it is illegal in New York. However, if your lawyer can prove that the driver of the car was at least somewhat responsible for the crash, they could win you some compensation to help pay for your medical bills.
What to do if lane-splitting causes an accident
If you have been injured because of lane splitting, whether you were driving a car or riding a motorcycle, call the New York motorcycle accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our lawyers have years of experience handling vehicle accidents and we want to help win you the compensation you deserve. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options today.
Because motorcycles are smaller in size, have less driver protection, and are less visible than many standard enclosed vehicles, they are significantly more likely to be involved in severe — and often fatal — road-way collisions.
According to a 2016 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle driver fatalities were almost 28 times more frequently than deaths for drivers of standard enclosed vehicles. Alarmingly, there were a total of 5,286 motorcyclists killed in 2016.
However, NHTSA researchers found that the lives of almost 2,000 motorcyclists were saved by strapping on one single object — a helmet. In the 2016 report, researchers stated that “802 more lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.” According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), helmets are “37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths, and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.”
However, not every state requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet. Only 19 states (including New York) require all drivers to use helmets, no matter the circumstances.
Many factors contribute to the higher fatality rates among motorcycle drivers. Because motorcycles typically do not have restraint systems, a driver could quickly be launched several hundred feet in the air during a collision with another vehicle. According to the NHTSA, over 8.6 million motorcyclists sustained severe injuries from being involved in a car wreck.
Often, a motorcyclist will need to go to the emergency room for traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common traumatic brain injuries include:
- Hematoma – A collection of blood that could occur in the brain
- Hemorrhage – Uncontrolled bleeding that could happen within or around the brain
- Concussion – An injury that occurs when the brain collides with the walls of the skull
- Edema – A buildup of pressure in the skull due to the swelling of the brain
- Skull Fracture – A break or crack in the skull due to a sudden high-energy impact
If you own and regularly operate a motorcycle, it is crucial to understand that using the proper protective gear could reduce your risk of sustaining these traumatic brain injuries in the event of an accident.
Contact a New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
All drivers have a legal obligation to respect the rights of motorcyclists, regardless of whether they are wearing a helmet or not. If you or someone you love has sustained severe injuries from a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s recklessness or negligence, you have the right to pursue legal action. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our skilled team of motorcycle accident lawyers will fight for you to make sure that you get the fair compensation you’re entitled to.
Motorcycles are associated with a number of known risks in New York City. Riders have less physical protection, are more difficult for other drivers on the road to identify, and are operating more complex types of vehicles. According to a 2015 study from the Department of Transportation, the fatal collision rate for motorcycle riders in New York City is almost twice as much as in New York State. The most common type of collision resulting in the fatality of a motorcycle rider was one involving another vehicle.
An average mid-size sedan can weigh roughly 3,350 pounds, while the average motorcycle weighs only 400 pounds. Because of these factors, even a seemingly minor collision for a mid-size sedan could result in devastating injuries for a motorcycle rider.
While it is impossible to control how other drivers behave, here are a few simple safety measures that motorcyclists can follow to minimize risks on the road:
- Carefully follow all traffic laws, and do not drive aggressively
- Make sure to inspect your bike and protective gear before a ride
- Always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet and vision-protection
However, even if every driver on the road were to follow all traffic laws, accidents would still happen. In the event of a motorcycle accident, there are a few critical steps that should be immediately followed:
- Make sure that everyone is safe and out of the roadway. If needed, seek medical attention for any injured parties.
- Collect contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, license numbers, and insurance information from all involved drivers.
- Never verbally admit to being at fault.
- Contact the police as soon as possible to file a detailed report. Make sure to record the names and badge numbers of any responding officers.
- Try to remember your surroundings, and immediately make a personal account of what took place. Details are critical for determining liability in vehicle collisions.
- Collect as much information as possible from witnesses present during the accident.
- Contact your insurance company to make a detailed report of the accident.
Seek Help From a New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident because of a reckless or negligent driver, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your losses. Many motorcyclists believe that choosing to undertake the risks of driving a motorcycle means that they do not deserve compensation for injuries if they are in an accident. However, our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP will fight for you. Our experienced legal team will do everything possible to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
The team at Hach & Rose, LLP, recently helped a motorcycle injury victim secure over $8 million for her losses, and we are ready to put this experience to work for you. To learn more about what our team can do to help you if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us today at (212) 779-0057.
Florence, NY (July 5, 2019) – On Friday, July, 5th, police were immediately called to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash that took place on Wolcott Hill Road in the town of Florence. According to State Police in Sylvan Beach, 26-year-old Brandon E. Humphrey, of Camden, tragically lost his life in the accident that occurred at 1:08 p.m.
Watertown, NY (July 5, 2019) – On Wednesday, July 3rd, police were promptly summoned to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash that took place on State Route 3 in Watertown. The collision between a motorcycle and a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu was reported to have happened around 3:15 p.m.
Wilton, NY (July 5, 2019) – According to state police, a man had to be airlifted to the hospital following a serious collision that occurred on Friday afternoon, July 5th. Authorities stated that accident involved a car and a motorcycle, which collided at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the town of Wilton.
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY (July 4, 2019) – A man from Ronkonkoma was sadly killed in a motorcycle accident that happened around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night, July 3rd. According to police, the crash occurred on the Long Island Expressway, near Exit 60 in Lake Ronkonkoma.
Town of Friendship, NY (July 3, 2019) – Authorities have released the names of those involved in a serious two-vehicle collision that took place on Tuesday, July 2nd, in the town of Friendship. The accident, which involved a motorcycle and another vehicle, happened at 6:38 a.m. along Interstate 86.
Mooers, NY (July 3, 2019) – State Police were dispatched to the scene of a deadly motorcycle crash that occurred on Route 11 in the town of Mooers for reasons that are under investigation. The incident took place on Monday morning, July 1st, at around 11:31 a.m., according to authorities.
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