In the year 2011, there were 5,336 motorcycle crashes in the state of New York. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reports that 162 motorcycle operators and six motorcycle passengers were killed in those crashes and 5,180 people were injured. If you ride in New York, it is absolutely crucial that you exercise safe riding habits at all times.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are several safety measures you can take even before you even get on your motorcycle. Make sure you have your gear in place, including a helmet, gloves, pants, jacket, and boots. What you wear is probably the only layer of protection guarding you in the event of a crash. It is also important to carefully inspect your motorcycle. Check the oil and fluid levels, evaluate the tire pressure, and inspect the mirrors and lights.
When riding, it is crucial that you travel at speeds you feel comfortable with that are relative to the roadway and traffic conditions. When it is wet or congested, you should adjust your speed accordingly. As easy as it is to travel quickly on a motorcycle, it is important that you resist the urge to exceed the speed limit. Many of the most devastating New York motorcycle accidents involve high-speed collisions.