PA Motorcyclists May Soon Get OK to ‘Ride on Red,’ Says NY and PA Motorcycle Lawyer

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“Ride on Red” may soon be the law in Pennsylvania, which would let motorcyclists proceed with caution through an intersection when they can’t get the attention of a traffic signal stuck on red. New York State lawmakers should approve similar legislation!

Red_Light_590According to news reports here and here, state Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-North Middleton Township, has introduced legislation called the “Ride on Red” bill, which would give motorcyclists and

bicyclists the ability to ride through when trapped by a stale red.

Many traffic signals use a vehicle detection system to trigger changes, but motorcycles are usually not big enough to be seen.

State Sen. Bloom.

State Sen. Bloom.

“As a result, law-abiding riders become stuck at red lights that won’t turn green until a larger vehicle is detected,” Bloom told the news media. “A local rider first brought this dilemma to my attention, and I’ve since learned that it’s a frequent problem for riders across the commonwealth.”

Bloom’s bill would allow the driver of a motorcycle or bicycle to proceed through an intersection only after exercising due care as provided by law.

The Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) of Pennsylvania supports the legislation.

A.B.A.T.E. State Lobbyist Charles Umbenhauer told the news media that riders have had to deal with this for decades. If caught going through an inactive traffic signal by police, motorcycle riders can usually get out of the ticket if they fight it in court, citing a malfunctioning traffic light.

Many municipalities can adjust the sensitivity of their traffic signals to detect motorcycles. But Umbenhauer said it’s difficult to get them to do it.

The “Ride on Red” bill would fix the problem by giving riders the opportunity to legally drive through inactive lights, he said.

Umbenhauer said similar efforts to pass this sort of legislation did not succeed in the past and he is unsure whether a new governor and General Assembly will make a difference this time.

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

My book about buying motorcycle insurance, “Would You Ride Your Motorcycle Naked?” is available FREE to New York and Pennsylvania bikers; follow the link to order your copy today!

 

 

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How To Avoid 10 Most Common Motorcycle Accidents, Says NY and PA Motorcycle Law Attorney

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RideApart has a great blog post that should be a MUST-READ before all motorcyclists head out to the open road next time.

look twice vertical“10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How To Avoid Them” is a great reminder of what we can do when we face different dangerous situations on the road.

It’s not just for beginners. It’s a good refresher for experienced motorcyclists, too.

Each of the 10 Common Accidents has a description and a short video to illustrate.

Counting down:

10. A car turns left in front of you.

9. You hit gravel in a blind corner.

8. You entered a corner too fast.

7. A car changes lane into you.

6. A car hits you from behind.

5. Your riding buddies are idiots.

4. You locked the front brake.

3. A car opened its door.

2. It’s slippery!

1. The Most Common Bike Accident. (You will have to read the blog post to see what’s No. 1.)

Tell me what you think in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

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NY and PA Motorcycle Lawyer: Are You Prepared If Disaster Strikes A Buddy While You Are Riding Together?

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Most motorcycle riders prepare themselves to ride — they slip on their helmets, armored clothes and gloves and check the weather to be sure they will be safe.

G-4 Watch For Motorcycles GRAPHICBut what happens if you’re riding in a group and someone else has an accident?

Are you prepared to help, and even more important, trained to help?

Motorcyclistonline.com has a great post on how you be prepared in the face of disaster.

Among the suggestions:

  • Contact your local Red Cross chapter for CPR and first aid training.
  • Remember to warn oncoming traffic so the disaster does not turn into multiple injuries and fatalities.
  • Does the downed rider need immediate help? That is the first step in assessing the extent of the injuries. Never move a downed rider.
  • Always carry a first-aid kit with everything you may need, including gauze bandages, latex gloves and much more.
  • Put direct pressure on the wound if someone is bleeding.

Read the complete post for many more details and be prepared. I hope you will never need to be ready to help a downed rider, but better to be ready!

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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Horseheads Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Accident With Car On South Main Street, Says NY And PA Motorcycle Law Lawyer

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A Horseheads woman was reported to be in critical condition this week in Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after her motorcycle was struck by a car Tuesday.

G-4 Watch For Motorcycles GRAPHICAccording to news reports, Michelle E. Jones, 51, was riding south on South Main Street when she was hit broadside by a car moving west on Mill Street, according to Horseheads village police.

Police said Jones suffered a severe leg injury and was transported to Robert Packer Hospital.

The driver of the car, Robin R. Gergel, 51, of Horseheads, charged with failure to yield right of way at a stop sign. Gergel was not injured.

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

 

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Harley Unveils Electric Bike, Hits The Road To Show It Off, Says NY and PA Motorcycle Lawyer

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The motorcyle world is buzzing about Harley-Davidson’s plans for an electric bike, Project LiveWire, which has been three years in the making.

According to reports here and here, the 74-horsepower engine has some pep and it weighs just 50 pounds.

But it only has a range of 53 miles on a charge, so it is only ideal for short city commutes. It takes 3.5 hours to recharge it when the battery is drained.

But in a world where “loud pipes save lives,” the quieter electric Harley has some motorcyclists shaking their heads.

Harley-Davidson is hitting the road with its electric bike to talk with bike lovers.

What do you think of an electric Harley?  Would you ride one?  It sounds like a great concept, but personally, I don’t know if I could ride a bike that was essentially silent.  We sneak up on cars as it is – this bike would give no warning to cars of its p0resence whatsoever.

Tell me what you think below!

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

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Motorcyclists In Washington State Get Green Light To Cautiously Go Through Stale Red Lights, Says NY and PA Motorcycle Law Lawyer

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MotorcycleAtTrafficLight-300x300All motorcyclists know the feeling — we drive up to a red light and wait. And wait. And wait if no cars come to trigger the traffic sensor, we have to wait until a car or truck comes to save us, or run the light when it safe to do so and risk getting a ticket.

Red_Traffic_Signal_motorcyclesNow the state of Washington has come up with a new law that will cut down on waiting in their state. You can see stories here and here.

Wisconsin has had a similar law since 2006.

The new Washington law says motorcyclists can proceed through a red light — with great caution — if the traffic light did not turn green during a full cycle.

Are you reading this, New York State and Pennsylvania?  This is a law that makes sense, especially in semi rural areas of the twin tiers where another vehicle may not come along for some time.  Contact your local ABATE chapter about supporting a bill that make this common sense change to New York’s and Pennsylvania’s existing laws, so you don’t get stuck at a red light someday in the middle of nowhere wondering whether that red light will mail you a ticket if you run through it!

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

 

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Check Your Skills! Whether You’re New Or Veteran Rider, Enroll In Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course This Spring, Says NY and PA Motorcycle Lawyer

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Motorcycles are back on the road as the weather heats up, and sadly, fatal accidents involving motorcyclists are back in the news, too.

In recent days, there have been fatal accidents in Boston, Maine, Michigan, and Illinois, among many other places.

It’s early in the season, so it’s a great time to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, where you are a new or veteran rider.

Check out these Top 10 Reasons to Take a Motorcycle Course:

  • 10. Motorcycle Safety Foundation-based courses are reputable.
  • 9. Motorcycle safety courses improve the hobby’s reputation.
  • 8. The most popular motorcycle courses are for novice riders.
  • 7. Refresher courses help with forgotten or neglected skills.
  • 6. Experienced rider? Try an intermediate course!
  • 5. Some motorcycle safety courses offer specialized skill training.
  • 4. It’s a smarter investment than blindly buying a bike.
  • 3. Possible insurance discounts … and other benefits.
  • 2. It’s a faster path to a motorcycle license.
  • 1. Get confident … and in turn, make riding a motorcycle more fun.

Go to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website to learn more.

Learn more about safe motorcycling in New York State and Pennsylvania.

Thanks for reading,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

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Watch For Tractor-Trailers, A Big Danger To Motorcyclists, Says NY and PA Motorcycle Lawyer

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The Twin Tiers motorcycle season has returned and we need to remember that safety has to be our No. 1 concern.

startseeingmotoWe need to watch for the vehicles around us and not assume they can see us. We may think that because tractor-trailers have mirrors all over them that they can see well.

But that is wrong. Every motorcycle in the photo above is invisible to the truck driver. He can’t see any of them. Think about that the next time you are near a tractor-trailer.

If you are going to pass one, get out and pass. Don’t hang around anywhere near them. You have to assume they can’t see you.

Here are “10 Things All Car And Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles,” from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Please share this with the drivers in your life.

  1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don’t “recognize” a motorcycle – they ignore it (usually unintentionally).
  2. Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.
  3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
  4. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
  5. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
  6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real.
  7. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.
  8. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because you can’t always stop “on a dime.”
  9. When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle – see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbor, or relative.
  10. If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and causes serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself.

Thanks for reading, and ride safely this year,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

 

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Another Deadly Left-Turn Accident: Northern Tier Motorcyclist Dies After Being Struck By Car

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left turnAnother motorcyclist has lost his life in an all-too-common danger zone — the left turn.

A 51-year-old Bradford County motorcyclist struck by a motorist making a left turn on April 14 died three days later in a Philadelphia hospital.

The Towanda Daily Review newspaper reported that Ronald Max Sayman of Ulster was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Route 220 at about 12:15 p.m. on April 14 in Athens Township when a driver in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pulled out from Route 199 to make a left turn and struck Sayman.

The driver of the pickup truck, Charlett Youngs of Sayre, was not injured.

Sayman was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, then airlifted to Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, where he died on April 17.

G-4 Watch For Motorcycles GRAPHICSayman, a 1981 graduate of Troy HIgh School, is survived by his wife, two children, a stepson and six grandchildren. He worked  for Weir Seaboard Oil and Gas in Ulster. You can read his obituary here.

The newspaper report did not say whether Youngs will face any charges. State police are likely still investigating the accident.

Motorcyclists from Steuben County to Waverly in Tioga County, N.Y., and from Wellsboro and Mansfield in Tioga County, Pa., to Towanda in Bradford County, need to always slow down and assume left turners do not see them.

Left-turn accidents are one of the most dangerous scenarioes we face every time we get on our bikes.

Every time you approach an intersection, be vigilant. Remember — we’ve been gone all winter and we have to retrain drivers to watch for us!

Thanks for reading, and ride safely this year,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

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Deputy’s Death A Reminder That Potholes Can Be Killers For Motorcyclists, Says NY and PA Motorcycle Lawyer

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Potholes are a teeth-rattling annoyance to cars and trucks, which may see their alignment knocked out of whack, but potholes can kill bikers. We are especially susceptible to them this time of year, as we are learning where they are after a hard winter of snow plows and salt.

An off-duty Indiana sheriff’s deputy was killed April 20 when his bike hit a pothole. He lost control of the bike and it landed on top him, police said.

Eric Stofer, a deputy for 11 years, was 35.

The deputy’s death is a tragic reminder: Don’t assume that because your favorite ride was pothole-free last fall that it still is. Be cautious when riding a route for the first time this year – the last thing you want to do is encounter a crater of a pothole mid-turn while cornering aggressively. You will have very little ability to avoid it.

If you notice potholes, call 1-800-pothole – New York State’s pothole tipline. It’s not just for state roads – they will send notification to the county or town that maintains it if it’s not a state road.

In Pennsylvania, call 800-349-7623 about potholes.

But locally, the safest bet is to send a letter complaining of the worst potholes to your municipality or county. That will be sure to move that pothole to the top of their list of ones to be fixed.

Thanks for reading, and ride safely this year,

Adam

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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
NY and PA Injury and Malpractice Attorney
The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY  14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

 

 

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