Motorcycle Accidents Prevalent on Pennsylvania Highways During Summer Months

Last week, in a series of articles, The Sentinel reported on the numerous recent motorcycle accidents in the Carlisle, Pa., region that have resulted in serious injuries or death. One story, profiling a local rider, highlighted the vulnerability of motorcyclists, physically and legally.

On an evening in May, a man was riding his motorcycle through Carlisle when he said “a girl that was text messaging” pulled out in front of him. While his bike was nearly destroyed, and sustained about $4,100 in damages, he remarkably emerged from the ordeal without serious injuries. In the initial police report, the man was listed at fault and cited for careless driving regardless of his statement that the other driver involved pulled in front of him while texting. The motorcyclist’s citation has since been discharged following a trial held in June.

In another area crash, which closed highway I-81 in Silver Spring for several hours on July 14, the rider (who was also a friend of the man involved in the previously mentioned story) was not as lucky. Police said the man, who was from Maryland, was hit from behind by a car driven by a 19-year-old girl. The motorcyclist was catapulted from his motorcycle and into the center of the road. He died at the scene as the result of chest injuries.

To inform and equip both motorcyclists and car drivers with skills that help avert accidents, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) started a program called “Live Free, Ride Alive.” PennDOT also hosts basic riding and safety classes for cyclists, including pass/ fail classroom and road tests.

To educate and protect drivers of all vehicles on their legal rights, the Pennsylvania motorcycle crash lawyers at Anapol Weiss are ready to help. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, call 1-866-735-2792 for a free review of your case.

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