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Spring is sprung when ‘Share the Road’ signs pop up

By March 27, 2023Personal Injury2 min read

You know it is spring in Western New York when the “Share the Road” signs pop up. Our area has a lot to offer motorcycle riders. There are miles of beautiful country scenery and small, interesting restaurants to stop at for those who love cruising the open road. But motorcycles can be dangerous, so everyone — riders and motorists in cars — needs to be aware and be cautious. In 2020, motorcyclists were about twenty-eight times more likely to die in a crash and four times more likely to be injured than a passenger in a car.

All riders should have an endorsement to supplement their driver’s license and training on how to ride safely. Thirty-six percent of motorcycle operators who were in a fatal crash in 2020 did not have a valid motorcycle license. Automobile drivers need to understand the challenges of motorcyclists such as: visibility, size, and weaving, so that they can anticipate and respond to riders. Raising awareness for both drivers and motorcyclists will make it safer to share the road. No one — rider or driver — wants to be a participant in a motorcycle/vehicle accident.

The narrow profile of a motorcycle makes it more difficult to see, and other motorists are not always looking out for those on a bike. Brightly colored, reflective clothing, helmets and keeping your headlight on can help drivers see you when you ride. Helmets should always meet the U.S. Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Cover your arms and legs, preferably with leather or heavy denim. This will help protect you if you crash. And never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even prescription drugs that might influence your balance or reflexes.

When those “Share the Road” signs appear this spring, let us all try to improve on the statistics of 2020. Motorists need to keep a look out for motorcycles, and riders need to take all the precautions they can to stay safe. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need the best representation you can get to make sure your needs are looked after. Contact our office at or call 1-800-343-8537 for a free consultation.