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What Can Others on the Road do to Keep Motorcyclists Safe?

“There are 32 other vehicles on the road for every registered motorcycle that is being ridden. Most, if not all, of those 32 other vehicles are larger and heavier than you and your motorcycle.”

This is important – Many times accidents occur because of those other larger and heavier vehicles not seeing or thinking of the motorcyclists around them. Drivers should take precautions to be sure they are doing their part to keep motorcyclists around them safe: 

  1. Keep even more distance between your vehicles and motorcycles

“It is easy to misjudge a motorcycles speed and distance” “Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.”

2. Be extra aware and remember to check blindspots

Due to the fact that a motorcycle is much smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to see them. Take your time changing lanes and take the time to check each of your blind spots. Make sure that all your mirrors are in the correct position before getting on the road. 

3. Never forget to use your turn signals

Turn on your turn signals even sooner than normal while driving in front of a motorcycle. Keep in mind that the turn signals on some motorcycles are manual. If you see a turn signal on, on a motorcycle exercise even more caution as they could have inadvertently left it on.

4. Exercise caution at intersections

Many accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles happen at intersections. It is everyone’s responsibility to, “come to a complete halt, view and obey posted traffic signs and signals, look both ways for approaching traffic, and proceed slowly.”

Remember that motorcyclists are exposed while on the road! An accident for them is very dangerous. Be mindful and do your part in sharing the road with them and maintaining safety.

What Can A Motorcyclist do to Increase Safety?

As May comes to a close we want to remind everyone that it is motorcycle safety awareness month and urge everyone to be aware of motorcycle safety all year long. 

Motorcycle riding can be fun and exhilarating especially in the warm summer months. However, it can be very dangerous. According to NHTSA 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in 2018. Motorcycle drivers and others on the road need to be continually thinking of each other on the road and how to maintain safe riding. 

Here are a few things all motorcyclists should always be doing to increase their safety:

  • Wear the proper protection 

The best way to protect yourself from serious injury in a motorcycle crash would be to wear a proper helmet

Be sure it meets the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard

Choose a bike that fits you

Be sure your arms and legs are covered

According to NHTSA, “In addition to providing protection in a crash, protective gear also helps prevent dehydration”

  • Ride Responsibly

Know the rules of the road

Drive defensively and never assume others on the road can see you

Be extremely cautious – do not take risks

Add reflective material to your bike

Wear brighter colors to increase your visibility 

  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs

“Alcohol and drugs, including some prescribed medications, negatively affect your judgment, coordination, balance, throttle control, and ability to shift gears”. Driving under the influence is never a smart decision.

According to the National Safety council, “28% of riders who died in a motorcycle crash in 2017 were alcohol-impaired” Think of yourself and others on the road make the right decision and ride above the influence. 

If you find yourself in a motorcycle accident and need representation call 618.462.1077. for a free consultation. 

Protecting Ourselves as Pedestrians

Walking can be a great form of exercise and even a good way to get out of the house these days. But accidents do happen and pedestrian safety is something we need to keep on our minds as walking may be increased these last few months. 

According to the CDC, “In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That’s about one death every 88 minutes”. Here are great steps we can take to protect ourselves as pedestrians:

  • Make sure you are visible 

Try to always be on a sidewalk or path during a walk. If one is not available walk facing traffic and as far away from traffic as possible.

Be sure to not wear dark clothing especially if it is dark outside. Consider reflective clothing. 

Walk in well lit areas when you can. 

  • Do not walk impaired

According to the NHTSA, “An estimated 33% of fatal pedestrian crashes in 2018 involved a pedestrian who was drunk”. This shows it is important that we stay above the influence not only when driving but also while out walking.

  • Be aware/alert

As a pedestrian you still need to follow road rules. 

When crossing the street use crosswalks when possible.

Try and make eye contact with drivers as they stop to be sure they have seen you. 

Don’t use headphones. Wearing headphones may interfere with hearing car horns or sirens.

Car Accidents Have Declined During Pandemic

According to CBS, “At least 20 U.S. states reported seeing a noticeable drop in fatal car crashes during the coronavirus pandemic. CBS News reached out to 26 states with a historically high number of traffic deaths, and found that fatal car crashes on California freeways dropped a stunning 84%.” And in Illinois they have dropped 57%.

This is due to the fact that transportation has looked very different during this lockdown. Many people are staying home and not using their cars. Less people are getting in taxis or utilizing ride sharing.

In fact, “New York City also saw a favorable outcome from the drop in driving, going 46 days without a pedestrian death — the longest stretch seen since the city started keeping track in 1983. “

And according to the Wall Street Journal, Insurance companies are even giving refunds as the crash rates fall. 

One other positive factor regarding less cars on the road means we’re leaving the road open for emergency vehicles to get place to place quicker and more efficiently. 

Although this is a positive, its important not to get too comfortable on the spacious roads. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, your speed and stay focused! 

What Steps Do I Take After A Slip and Fall?

Seek Medical treatment 

This should always be your first step after a slip and fall. Making sure you or your loved one is safe is the most important step. Follow the medical professional’s advice and treatment. This also ensures your injuries can be documented properly. The full extent of your injuries such as a head injury may not be apparent off the bat so it is important you go to a doctor even if injuries aren’t initially apparent to you. 

Report the accident to the manager or whoever owns the property. 

Find out who owns the property or who is managing the property and ask to get a written report the accident. Make sure they are aware of the incident. Be sure to get a copy of your report before you leave for your own records. 

Take down documentation 

Take photos/videos and write down everything that happened. You want the details to be clear and fresh in your mind, getting everything down as soon as possible will help with this. 

If a friend or family member was with you or another person witnessed the slip and fall you should ask if they would give a statement and obtain their contact information. They should also write down what happened as soon as possible. Try and find what may have caused your slip and fall. 

Keep communication at a minimum 

Keep communication about the accident to a minimum. Stay calm in your interactions with the manager/owner of the property. Do not post about the incident or place blame. Save the details for your attorney. 

Call an Attorney 

If you are concerned about the severity of the situation it is always best to contact an experienced attorney. They will know best how to handle the situation and the correct steps for you to take. It is important to have someone looking out for your best interests. 

Contact us at 618.462.1077. for a free consultation. 

7 Slip and Fall Facts

Slip and falls can be very serious! Especially for those older in age. We want to share a few facts about slip and falls that may surprise you: 

  • For people aged 65-84 years, falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death; for those aged 85 years or older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death.

According to the CDC:

  • Fall death rates in the US have increased 30% from 2007-2016 for older adults 
  • Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries
  • Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures
  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury

In our next blog we will go over important steps you need to take after a slip and fall occurs.

Why Should I Wear A Helmet While Biking?

A great hobby to pick up during this time could be cycling. Riding your bike is a great way to get outside and exercise. We touched on some tips on bike safety a few blogs ago but wanted to emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet.  Here are three of the top reasons to always wear a helmet while cycling: 

  1. Protect your head and brain from injury
    Many forgo this super important step that could be what saves you from a head injury. 

According to the Guardian, “A major study of bike helmet use around the world from more than 64,000 cyclists has found helmets reduce the risks of a serious head injury by nearly 70%.” 

And in fact, out of bicycling deaths from 1994-2010 11,186 were not wearing a helmet while 839 were.

2. Set a good example for your children 

Enforce the rules for your children by doing it yourself and showing how important it is for their safety! 

3. Improve your visibility and your ability to see the road in bad weather 

Try to find a helmet with a reflective strip on it or you can add your own reflective tape. Another good option is to choose a brightly colored helmet to improve visibility even more. And for you, during bad weather a helmet will shade your face and keep rain out of your eyes. 

To learn more about Bicycle safety follow this link to our last post on bike safety: http://glissonlaw.com/bicycle-safety-2/

Hydroplaning and What to do When it Occurs

Hydroplaning is one of the most common risks while driving in rain. Hydroplaning is when a car slides on a wet surface. According to safe motorist, “Hydroplaning occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can scatter. Water pressure in the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire, and the tire is then separated from the road surface by a thin film of water and loses traction. The result is loss of steering, braking and power control.

The most important thing to do when this occurs is not to panic. Try and remember these steps in case you find yourself in a situation where hydroplaning occurs: 

– Avoid slamming on the break

– Slowly take your foot off the accelerator 

-Avoid sharp movements of the wheel, when steering be sure to do so gradually and slowly 

– Steer gently in the direction your vehicle is facing until you regain control of the car

– This can be a scary moment so, after, take a moment to calm down 

Tips For Driving During The Rainy Season

Spring is here and with it comes rain! 

In these times we may not be doing much driving but when you do it’s important to be aware of the weather and conditions.  According to AAA exchange, “wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic crashes each year”. Follow these tips for safer driving in the rain:

Slow down and allow for more space in between cars 

-Slowing down will lower your chances of hydroplaning 

-It is so important to give yourself more time and space to react in adverse weather

Don’t use cruise control

-You want to be in full control while driving in bad weather with your hands on the wheel and foot ready 

-Cruise control makes hydroplaning worse due to the constant speed it keeps

– You disable cruise control by pressing on the breaks but pressing hard on the breaks is the last thing you want to do in the case of hydroplaning so keep it disabled from the beginning when driving in rain

Turn on your headlights

– This increases your ability to see in the rain and others on the road to see your car

Equipment check 

-Ensure your windshield wipers, brakes and tires are in good condition 

Avoid standing water

– It only takes driving through a small amount of water for hydroplaning to occur so avoid puddles and water that has built up on the roads

 

Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule Announced by NHTSA

The NHTSA posted on March 31st that there are new SAFE vehicle rules put into place to keep the cars we drive more safe, more fuel- efficient with lower carbon dioxide emissions and more affordable. These will positively affect consumers in many ways Including lowering the number of accidents and raising the number of vehicles bought, in turn increasing the number of jobs available.

Here is a full break down of what the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule will impact: 

“NHTSA and the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule on March 31, which will affect model years 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks that automakers manufacture — and that American families need for transportation to work, school, and leisure activities.

Under the rule, corporate average fuel economy — which regulates how far vehicles must travel on a gallon of fuel — and carbon dioxide emissions standards increase at an annual rate of 1.5% through model year 2026, down from about 5% under previous standards. All new vehicles will continue to be subject to the strict pollution standards of the Clean Air Act and will be subject to higher pollution standards than the older vehicles that will be retired because of this rule.

More than just fuel economy, which is projected to be 40.4 miles per gallon in MY 2026, and carbon dioxide are impacted by the SAFE Vehicles Rule. Required technology costs for new cars will be cut by $100 billion through model year 2029. For American families, this means about $1,400 less per new vehicle. By reducing costs, up to 2.7 million more new vehicles will be sold through model year 2029, which will support jobs for Americans with automakers, suppliers, and related businesses.

NHTSA research shows that newer vehicles are safer vehicles, and this rule will help American families afford newer vehicles with the latest safety technologies. There will be about 3,300 fewer crash fatalities and 397,000 fewer injuries in crashes over the lifetimes of vehicles built through model year 2029.

Thanks to the SAFE Vehicles Rule, more American families will be able to afford newer, safer, and cleaner vehicles.”