Motorcycle Fatalities Declined Nationwide in 2017

On Wednesday, October 3rd, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its preliminary report on 2017 traffic fatalities.  After two consecutive years of rising fatalities, 2017 saw a 1.1% decrease nationwide in overall traffic fatalities.  Motorcycle fatalities, which also increased in both 2015 and 2016, saw a 3.1% decrease in 2017.  That is certainly welcomed news. It is important to point out that the report represents the preliminary data.  We will be able to better identify trends and causative…

What to Do after a Motorcycle Accident

You never want to think about getting in a crash, but like any possible emergency, it’s important to know what to do in the event the unexpected strikes – like knowing how to put out a grease fire, perform CPR, or administer minor burn relief. It is similarly important to know what to do to protect yourself legally in the event you are in a car, motorcycle, or truck crash. Most importantly: – Get out of harm’s way (if you…

Legislative Issues for Motorcyclists

There are many different things that draw people to motorcycling.  For some, it is the sense of freedom.  For others, it is a source of relaxation.  It can also be a source of exhilaration.  If you are like me, it is to some degree all of the above.  That being said, it is the ride that we crave regardless of what each of us gets from it.  This time of year the roads are packed with motorcyclists who are sitting…

What is Your Bike Worth? Probably Less Than You Think.

We motorcyclists are a different breed.  For most of us, our motorcycles are more than a mode of transportation; they are literally an extension of us.  Over time we modify and customize our bikes to make them unique.  When a negligent driver damages or destroys our bike they have not just damaged or destroyed a vehicle, they have damaged or destroyed part of us.  Our bikes can have value to us that are beyond market forces.  That value can come…

Motorcycle Safety and Preparedness

Our friends at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have put out their 2018 report on motorcycle crashes and fatalities. The latest report focuses on data collected for the year 2016. According to NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities rose 5.1% between 2015 and 2016. The report also states that 25% of those fatalities were related to alcohol impairment. Finally, NHTSA indicates that the lack of mandatory motorcycle helmet laws nationwide is a contributing factor to the rise in motorcycle fatalities. When…

Using a GPS on Your Motorcycle

Beware. Your GPS may be collecting evidence against you. More and more motorcyclists today are using GPS (Global Positioning Systems) to plan trips, get directions, and keep track of miles traveled. However, keep in mind that, if you are in a motorcycle accident, you may be collecting evidence that could be used against you in both a criminal and civil trial. What GPS systems track on vehicles Most GPS systems allow you to keep track of your speed. As such,…