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Motorcycle Safety Month: Towards Safer Roads in Rhode Island

This May, as we observe Motorcycle Safety Month, Gemma Law Associates is championing the cause of safer roads in Rhode Island. Motorcycle safety is a pressing issue that requires the attention of all road users. Every year, hundreds of lives are lost in motorcycle accidents – a statistic that could be significantly reduced through increased awareness and a concerted effort from both motorcyclists and automobile drivers alike.

The Current State of Motorcycle Safety

In the past year, Rhode Island has witnessed a staggering number of motorcycle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as of 2022, motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in a crash per mile traveled than occupants of a car. This sobering fact underscores the urgent need for a combined effort to promote motorcycle safety.

Sharing the Responsibility

The responsibility for safer roads falls on everyone. While motorcyclists must adhere to best practices for safe riding, it’s equally crucial that drivers of larger vehicles be vigilant and courteous to motorcyclists.

For Drivers

Check blind spots regularly – Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and can easily disappear into blind spots. Double-check before changing lanes or turning.

Maintain a safe distance – Keep at least a three-to-four-second following distance. This gives both parties more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

Use your signals – Indicate your intentions well in advance so motorcyclists can anticipate your movements and react accordingly.

For Motorcyclists

Wear protective gear – A DOT-compliant helmet, gloves, and high-visibility clothing can significantly reduce the risk of severe injury in a crash.

Ride defensively – Assume other drivers can’t see you. Position yourself to be seen and use your horn if needed.

Follow traffic rules – Speeding and other reckless behaviors endanger not only your life but also the lives of others.

The Role of Gemma Law Associates

Despite our best efforts, accidents can and do happen. In such unfortunate circumstances, Gemma Law Associates is here to help. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are available 24/7, dedicated to ensuring that victims of motorcycle accidents get the justice they deserve.

From negotiating with insurance companies to fighting for you in court, we’re committed to making the legal process as smooth as possible. So let us focus on the legal complexities while you focus on recovery.

Motorcycle Safety Month is a reminder that every life is precious, and every road user has a role to play in preserving it. Let’s pledge to share the road responsibly and make Rhode Island safer for everyone.

  • Mark Gemma

    Mark Gemma is a Rhode Island personal injury lawyer, and is a Principal of Gemma Law Associates, Inc. With 25 years of legal experience, Mark is nationally recognized for his legal ethics, receiving an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2009. Some of his legal specialties include auto accidents, wrongful death, and slip and fall cases. You can reach him at mark@gemmalaw.com.

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