[Cincinnati, and Mason Ohio] –
Anthony Castelli Cincinnati Ohio motorcycle attorney Promotes “Sharing the Road” with Motorcycles. Joining Efforts with State and Federal Government
May Proclaimed Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Motorcycle fatalities now account for 11 percent of total road fatalities and have increased each year from a low of 2,116 in 1997 to 4,810 in 2006. So while there has been success in reducing automobile deaths in recent years, this progress is being negated by the rise in motorcycle fatalities, which has more than doubled.
One out of every nine U.S. road fatalities accounted for last year involved motorcycle riders. This steady increase in fatalities over the past decade represents one of our Nation’s greatest highway safety challenges.
That’s why Anthony Castelli in conjunction with the Motorcycle Safety awareness and Injury Help of Ohio blog Ohio Motorcycle Safety and Injury Help of Ohio and the Facebook group he started announced today that they are joining with other federal, State and local highway safety, law enforcement, and motorcycle organizations in proclaiming May 2010 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.” All motorists are reminded to safely “Share the Road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert when driving to help keep motorcyclists safe.
“With warmer weather here, more motorcycles are back on the roads. Drivers of all vehicles need to be extra alert,” said Anthony Castelli. “Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on the road so folks in other vehicles need to really look out for them—and to take extra care to safely ‘Share the Road’.”
Because of their size, motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. “It’s crucial that motorists always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. LOOK TWICE SAVE A LIFE is more than just a saying," said Anthony . "Lives will be saved if all motor vehicle operators adopt this way to drive." It's not just the motorcycle size. in most cases the motorcycle is there to be seen . The other drivers just don't take enough time to look.
Anthony is once again promoting motorcycle safety with his "WATCH FOR MOTORCYCLES"
bumper stickers. He offers these for free to anybody in Ohio that requests one.
Cincinnati biker attorney said that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than passenger vehicle drivers in the event of a crash. He said that research shows that approximately 80
percent of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20 percent of passenger car crashes injure or kill a driver or passenger in their vehicle.
Anthony offered several tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways:
1 Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane;
2 Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections;
3 Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;
4 Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo¬torcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
5 Remember that road conditions which are minor annoyances to other vehicles pose major hazards to motorcyclists;
6 Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. And don’t tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
Castelli said motorcyclists have responsibilities, too, by following the rules of the road, being alert to other drivers, and consider wearing DOT-compliant helmets and protective gear.
Our message to all drivers is: Motorcyclists are some great people . Let's all do our part so fatalities and injuries can be decreased. Help to share in the responsibility and do your part by safely ‘Sharing the Road’ with motorcycles.”
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Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury trial lawyer . Also focus on workers compensation and social security disability. Practices in surrounding areas of Cincinnati, Mason, Ohio, Batavia, Hamilton, West Chester, Fairfied, Blue Ash and throughout Ohio.
Anthony's grandfather was an immigrant. His father was a Navy hero. The taught him to respect everyone and help those less fortunate. That's why he devotes his life to justice for the injured and disabled. He promises to fight with all his heart for justice for his clients.
He rides a Harley Dyna Low rider and loves the motorcycle community with contacts and friends state wide. if you are a biker in need don't hesitate to call Anthony.