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MOTOR VEHICLE DEATHS DROP SLIGHTLY FOR FOR FIRST HALF OF 2017

Posted on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 1:57 pm    

According to an AP article, preliminary data show motor vehicle deaths and injuries were down slightly for the first 6 months of 2017. Nevertheless, they were still significantly higher than they were 2 years ago.

Through June 30, 2017, a National Safety Council stated there were 18,689 motor vehicle deaths. This was 250 fewer deaths than in the same period in 2016. However, deaths were still up by 8% compared to the first 6 months of 2015.

After several years of declines, deaths began to raise in late 2014. There were 40,200 deaths for the calendar year of 2016 compared with 35,398 in 2015. The AP article notes that these increases correspond with record high miles being driven by Americans as the economy has improved. However, while miles driven for the first 6 month are up by 1.7%, the rate of increase in miles driven appears to be slowing.

Deborah Hersman, president of the Nation Safety Council, stated that “Although the numbers may be lowering off, the road to zero deaths will require accelerating improvements in technology, engaging drivers and investing in our infrastructure.”

The information provided by the Nation Safety Council differs slightly from traffic fatalities reported by the NHTSA since the Federal government reports on deaths on public roads while the Council includes private roads, driveways and parking lots.

Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com on August 15, 2017 entitled “Safety Council: Motor Vehicle Deaths Dip Slightly in 2017” by Joan Lowy.

NHTSA INVESTIGATES HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES FOR BRAKE FAILURE

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 1:57 pm    

According to a recent article appearing in the LNP, NHTSA is investigating Harley-Davidson as a result of complaints from riders who said that their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.

The article reports that the investigation covers some 430,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011 that have an anti-locking braking system. Riders have reported that the brakes did not work. And, NHTSA stated that it has received some 43 complaints thus far with 3 involving crashes and 2 of the crashes leading to injuries. No further information was reported in the article.

Source: An article appearing in the LNP on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 entitled Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure.

MORE MOTORCYCLES ON LANCASTER COUNTY ROADS

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 1:17 pm    

According to recent statistics released by PennDOT, the number of motorcycles in Lancaster County has nearly doubled since 2000 when there were only 11,163 motorcycles in the county. In 2015 this number rose to 20,502, which was an 84% increase. In contrast, over the same time period, the number of passenger cars in the county increased by only 24%.

Statewide, the number of motorcycles in the state jumped from 210,788 in 2000 to 396,796 in 2015, representing an 88% increase.

Although the number of motorcycles on our roads have been increasing over the past 15 years, the fatality rate has been declining. In Lancaster County, for example, from 2000 to 2004 the fatality rate was 6.8 fatalities per 10,000 motorcycles. By contrast from 2011 to 2015 the annual fatality rate per 10,000 motorcycles fell to 4.1%. Statewide, a similar trend was also reported by PennDOT with the fatality rate falling from 6.0 per 10,000 in the years 2000 to 2004 to 4.8 per 10,000 from 2011 to 2015.

The increasing number of motorcycles on our roads is just one more reason that drivers need to be extra cautious during the warmer weather when motorcyclists are out on our highways again. “Look twice. Save a life.”

Source: An article appearing in LNP on Monday, June 20, 2016 entitled Presence of motorcycles on the rise by Tim Buckwalter.

MOTORCYCLE DEALERS JOIN ATTORNEY BILL PELHAN TO OFFER MOTORCYCLISTS FREE ICE CARDS

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 1:18 pm    

Starting in the spring of this year, most of the local motorcycle dealers in Lancaster County and nearby areas have joined the Law Office of Bill Pelhan in its efforts to make ICE cards available to motorcyclists throughout our area. In case you are not familiar with the concept of an ICE card, ICE stands for “in case of emergency”. These cards are also often referred to emergency medical cards.

And as such, the card contains basic information about you that could be of vital importance to emergency medical responders who are providing treatment at the scene of an accident.

After speaking to an attorney colleague in the mid-west about his efforts to distribute ICE cards to motorcyclists in their state, I thought this was something we could and should do for our community, too. Given that the information contained in an ICE card could literally save someone’s life, I was quite surprised when I discovered that no one was making such cards readily available to motorcyclists in our area. Following some additional research regarding ICE cards, and with the input of the director of operations at LEMSA, Jerry Schram, we came up with a simple ICE card that can be easily completed by the motorcyclist and slipped into their wallet.

After completing the design for the ICE card, I contacted local motorcycle dealers in our county and surrounding area to get their help in distributing the cards. I am pleased that virtually all of the dealers have joined me in this effort to make ICE cards available to motorcyclists in our area.

Channel 27 News and Blue Ridge TV recently did a story about our efforts to get these ICE cards out to the motorcyclists in our area. Here are the links for those stories: http://abc27.com/2016/05/16/Lancaster-lawyer-creates-cards-for-emergencies/ and https://youtu.be/wJFFwsH5VAo.

You can get an ICE card at most of the major motorcycle dealers in Lancaster County and also by going to the menu bar at our site and clicking on download ICE card.

MOTORCYCLE SAFE RIDING TIPS

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 1:24 pm    

Everyone knows that riding a motorcycle poses special dangers for the riders. Here are a few safety tips offered by Geico Insurance Company that can help keep you safe when you ride.

ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET WITH A FACE SHIELD OR PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR

A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is 5 times more likely to sustain a critical head injury.

WEAR APPROPRIATE GEAR

Protective gear and clothing will help reduce the severity of injuries in case of an accident or a skid. Generally leather is the preferred type of clothing.

OBEY TRAFFIC RULES

Speeding substantially increases the risk that you will be involved in an accident.

RIDE DEFENSIVELY

Never assume that other drivers can see you. Approximately two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers violating a motorcycle rider’s right-of-way.

KEEP YOUR RIDING SKILLS SHARP THROUGH EDUCATION

Take a formal riding education program, get a motorcycle license, and take riding courses from time-to-time to keep your skills sharp.

BE AWAKE AND RIDE SOBER – NEVER DRINK AND RIDE

Alcohol is a significant factor in many motorcycle accidents. Fatigue and drowsiness can also impair your abilities to a significant degree.

MAKE SURE YOUR BIKE IS READY FOR THE ROAD

Before you get on your bike, check the tires and tire pressure, look for oil or gas leaks, check that all lights are functioning, and make sure your hydraulic and coolant levels are ok.

Once on the bike, check your mirrors, brakes, horn, and your clutch and throttle.

If you, or someone you know sustained injuries in a motorcycle collision in Central Pennsylvania, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan at 717-392-6362 to learn more about your rights and legal options.

Source: An article appearing at www.geiko.com/information/safety/motorcycle/riding-tips entitled Motorcycle Safety Riding Tips.

HARLEY RECALLS 185,000 MOTORCYCLES FOR DEFECTIVE SADDLEBAGS

Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 3:29 pm    

According to an AP article, Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 185,000 motorcycles because the saddlebags can come loose and fall off, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. This recall covers several 2014 and 2015 Harley-Davidson models of motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson says it found the problem through warranty claims and has determined that the problem is a result of defective mounting hardware. Harley will replace the hardware free of charge on the affected bikes starting on July 27, 2015. Additional information regarding the recall should be available at the Harley-Davidson website or by contacting your local dealer.

The Law Office Of Bill Pelhan has been representing victims of unsafe or defective products for over 25 years. If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe product call 717-392-6362 to learn more about your legal rights and options. Get the personal attention you deserve.

Source: An article appearing at USA.com entitled Harley-Davidson recalls 185,000 motorcycles on July 24, 2015.