May 15, 2013
With the number of motorcyclists growing in New York, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is making efforts to educate the public about the importance of responsibly sharing the road.
WIVB 4 News reported that the DMV has recorded a 30 percent growth in the number of motorcycle license issued in recent years. The agency has also reported a 76 percent spike in motorcycle registrations. The state now has more than 675,000 licensed bikers and 346,000 registered motorcycles in the state.
This higher volume in motorcycles and riders though can often translate into a higher number of Motorcycle Accidents. The DMV is trying to keep this number to a minimum by releasing several tips on how motorists and motorcyclists alike can safely share the road with one another.
The agency suggests motorists allow motorcycles the full width of a lane to operate, as well as visually checking and signaling before entering traffic. Drivers should avoid tailgating by always allowing three to four seconds of distance between each vehicle.
Motorcyclists should follow the same set of rules as well. They should also always wear a DOT-approved helmet along with brightly colored clothing to enhance their visibility to other drivers.
The Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices are optimistic that if these rules are followed, they will reduce an individual’s chances of being involved in a crash.