Harley-Davidson is recalling thousands of motorcycles because a faulty ignition switch can cause bikes to stall and crash. Harley has determined that modifications that allow engines to rev above 5,600 RPMs can cause engine vibration that can turn the ignition switch from “on” to “accessory.” When that happens the engine can shut off while being driven and potentially cause a crash. Bikes that have experienced this vibration have so far been identified to have some after market modifications that allow the engine to rev higher than Harley typically tests in the factory.
I represent many motorcyclists who have been in crashes. Some more serious than others. I’ve been fortunate that, while I’ve had close calls (close enough that my wife won’t get on again), I have not crashed. So I don’t personally know how I’d feel but I’m sure there must be some fear in everyone before they go out for those first few post-accident rides. I found an article on this topic that seems to me to make sense and provide sound advice at RideApart.com.
The author takes us through a number of steps of analysis to help us logically deal with this emotional issue.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that reaffirms Congress’ intention to continue to prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) from lobbying state legislators on issues involving motorcycle safety.
The 23rd Annual International Motorcycle & Scooter Ride to Work Day is June 16, 2014. Ride to Work Day was started in 1992 as a way to raise awareness of the benefits of motorcycling as an alternative mode of transportation. Since 2008 it has been held on the third Monday in June. According to www.ridetowork.org and the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus and other sources, over one million American commuters ride to work that day to publicize the social benefits of motorcycles.
Not too long ago I represented a man who was injured while riding in a group. The group had just left the local motorcycle dealer and as happens the bikes started off at varying speeds, spread apart and then contracted or bunched up unexpectedly. The bike behind my client clipped his rear wheel, caused him to crash and he was then struck by another motorcycle while he lay in the roadway. Group riding can be fun but this client was seriously injured.
With riding season upon us I thought this topic was worthy of some discussion. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation website has some tips for group riding that are worth a few minutes of your time. If you are planning a group ride I recommend you refresh your memory here.
I was leafing through an old “Hog Tales” magazine from November/December 2004 and came upon an article about safe riding and the hidden dangers of the roads. The article titled Between the Lines, discusses ways to maintain your focus and improve your odds of avoiding a crash. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation ® (MSF) created an acronym to help us stay sharp and focused while riding.
According to 6ABC.com news report: “A motorcyclist is dead and his wife is injured after an accident on the Black Horse Pike in Williamstown, New Jersey. The accident was reported at 8:44 a.m. at US 322 (Black Horse Pike) and Cains Mill Road. Police say a Chevy Silverado was traveling west on 322 and was making a left turn into the Wawa parking.
At our most recent meeting of the Motorcycle Safety Coalition, Bill Turkus told us that 90% of motorcycle crashes involved a rider who never completed a Basic Rider training course. Learning to ride or to ride better than you do is critical to owning a motorcycle. If you have not done so I urge you to take a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course. One such course is given through Rider Education of New Jersey and information can be found here.
Stark & Stark attorneys and staff participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Ride For Life XXVII on May 3rd and 4th at the SteelStacks at ArtsQuest Campus in Bethlehem, PA. Joel Rosenberg rode to the event with his HOG Chapter, Bucks County HOG. Our staff and attorneys met lots of great families and really enjoyed the activities and being part of such a worthwhile cause. The SteelStacks at ArtsQuest Campus is a very dramatic and very cool location. A great spot for photographers as well as bikes. On Sunday Joel and his wife, Rose, had a great ride through the countryside with their HOG group before heading home. On behalf of all of us at Stark & Stark we thank you for participating in this wonderful event. If you did not donate and would like to please go to www.mda.org.
Joel Rosenberg and I spoke before the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 105 at the invitation of President Lance P. Lopez, Sr. on April 14, 2014.
We addressed proper automobile and motorcycle insurance coverages to ensure that all drivers and their families are properly protected in the event of an accident. Everyone must have liability insurance to protect them from suits against them. As important as that protection is the “uninsured and underinsured” coverage you carry. If a negligent driver strikes your car, truck or motorcycle your own UM/UIM coverage may be critical to receiving fair compensation for injuries and lost wages suffered by you and your family.