Motorcycle Safety Tips

What Role Do Helmets Play in Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | November 19th, 2015

Most motorcyclists understand that wearing a helmet when riding significantly reduces the chances of head injuries and death in the event of a crash. However, does this life saving piece of equipment put motorcyclists who are involved in crashes at risk of other injuries? The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm explain a new study indicates the answer to that question is an astounding “yes.”

Researchers examined records of approximately 86,000 motorcyclists who were injured in crashes between 2007 and 2010. The results were published in a recent issue of JAMA Surgery and showed that while motorcyclists who wore helmets were less likely to suffer head and brain injuries, they were more inclined to suffer serious motorcycle accident injuries to other parts of the body, including arms, legs, and the torso.

An article from Reuters explains the reason for this could be that motorcyclists who wear helmets have greater survival rates than those who don’t wear helmets. Still, others say it could be that riders who wear helmets may feel better protected and, therefore, be more likely to speed.

Regardless of the reason why helmeted riders are likely to suffer serious motorcycle accident injuries in an accident, officials say riders should continue to wear helmets and other protective gear as well.

While safety gear can protect you in the event of an accident, taking certain precautions while riding motorcycles can help you prevent accidents altogether. Take a look at these motorcycle safety tips to learn more about what you can do to prevent accidents while riding.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Encourage Participation in the Noah Thomas Memorial Ride

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2015

Riding motorcycles is a hobby several members of our team at Skolrood Law Firm enjoy. We also love giving back to the communities we serve. That’s why our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers are excited to let you know about an upcoming event that combines these two passions.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the city of Pulaski, Virginia, will host the Noah Thomas Memorial Ride. Registration for the event will run from 9 a.m.. to 11 a.m. at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office on Main Street. The cost of the event is $15 per motorcycle with an additional $5 cost for a passenger. The price includes food and live music.

According to WDBJ 7 News, the ride will raise money for NRV Cares, a local nonprofit organization that focuses on preventing children from abuse or neglect.

During rides like these, it’s important that motorcyclists keep safety in mind at all times to prevent accidents from occurring. That’s why our team at Skolrood Law Firm encourages riders to keep these motorcycle safety tips in mind during the upcoming ride.

Drivers in the area should also be aware that the event is taking place and the increased motorcycle traffic on the roads. Motorists should remember to double check blind spots and look twice in both directions of traffic twice before making a maneuver.

We hope these tips help everyone to have a safe, fun, and rewarding ride this weekend!


Kick Off for the Toys 4 Bot-E-Tots Toy Drive Scheduled

by Staff Blogger | September 17th, 2015

At Skolrood Law Firm, many members of our legal staff are avid motorcyclists. In fact, Mark Skolrood rides motorcycles on a regular basis and has done so for almost three decades. This time on the road has shown our team the comradery that can be found in the biking community, as well as the willingness to assist others in need.

These attributes that are found in many Virginia motorcyclists are underscored by the launching of the Toys 4 Bot-E-Tots toy drive that kicks off on Saturday, September 26. The event is set to kick off at 9 a.m. at the VFW building located on U.S. 220 in Fincastle, Virginia.

The fee to enter the drive is a new, unwrapped, packaged toy or $15 per hand. The toy drive isn’t the only event that will be taking place for motorcyclists though. According to The Roanoke Times, the event will also feature a 50/50 raffle with door prizes as well as a pork chop dinner that is being sponsored by the Lord Botetourt High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America. Food can be purchased at a price of $10 per plate.

The event will attract a large volume of motorcyclists from near and far. With so many bikers on the road, there could be an increased chance of accidents occurring. That’s why we ask that you consider our motorcycle safety tips to help prevent collisions from occurring.

Roanoke Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Discuss The Importance of Helmets

by Staff Blogger | May 21st, 2015

Data indicates that motorcycle accident fatalities have declined in recent years and officials are attributing that decline, in part, to safer riding practices, such as wearing helmets. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm point out that, in spite of these improvements, lawmakers say more can be done to reduce motorcycle injuries and fatalities.

One way lawmakers are hoping to further lower the motorcycle injury and fatality rates is by placing stricter regulations on the standards motorcycle helmets must meet. Some helmets that are available on the market today are cheaply made and do not meet performance standards. So, lawmakers are hoping to lay out a clearer definitions of what constitutes a “novelty” helmet.

Clarifying these standards could very well save more lives. According to an article in The Washington Post, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study comparing helmets approved by the department of transportation (DOT) to helmets that don’t meet DOT standards. The study looked at hospital visits after motorcycle accidents and found that 56 percent of riders who wore unapproved helmets suffered head injuries, compared to just 19 percent who wore DOT-approved helmets.

While we realize motorcycle helmets can significantly reduce the chances of a biker being seriously harmed in the event of an accident, there are other actions you can take to protect yourself. Our founding attorney at the Skolrood Law Firm, Mark Skolrood, has been an avid motorcyclist for decades and believes these motorcycle safety tips could save a life.

Upcoming Safety Courses Every Rider Should Consider

by Staff Blogger | March 12th, 2015

Data from a motorcycle accident study called “The Hurt Report” shows a majority of riders involved in collisions have received little to no formal training on how to properly operate a bike. And as the weather begins to warm in western Virginia, the Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm urge motorcyclists of all experience levels to consider taking a course on motorcycle safety.

The Basic Motorcycle Rider Safety Course is offered in Roanoke throughout the spring and summer by Virginia Western. The first of the three-day courses will kick off tomorrow, March 13, and the last course will be offered beginning July 24.

Those who participate in the course will learn about parts of a motorcycle, as well as the physics of proper operation in a classroom setting. Then, riders will take the knowledge they gained and apply it to real-world situations while maneuvering a motorcycle through a closed course.

A class for more experienced riders will focus instruction on more advanced safety techniques.

Our attorneys have years of experience both riding motorcycles and helping victims of motorcycle accidents. We encourage you to keep safety in mind at all times while riding and would like to offer some motorcycle safety tips to help you make your motorcycle experience a safe one.

A Few Motorcycle Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | June 26th, 2014

Motorcycle season has officially made its way to Virginia. Unfortunately, so have the usual risks of accidents that bikers face. The Virginia State Police say that 81 riders lost their lives last year and there have already been several Virginia motorcycle accidents recorded this year already.

To help address these dangers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released statistics highlighting some of the typical risks motorcyclists face. The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are also offering riders motorcycle safety tips to help prevent collisions.

The NHTSA reported in an article from Tri Cities News that while many motorcyclists are injured or killed as the result of collisions involving other vehicles, single vehicle crashes make up a large portion of these casualties as well. Speed and inability to maintain control of the bike were typically contributing factors in the latter type of crash.

So what can bikers do to stay safe when on the road? Mark Skolrood, founding attorney with the Skolrood Law Firm, is an avid motorcyclist and says there are several ways riders can protect themselves, including:

  • Wearing a Helmet and Safety Gear
  • Taking A Motorcycle Training Course
  • Driving Defensively At All Times

Our team of attorneys has a deep understanding of the importance of motorcycle awareness on the road and is offers several other motorcycle safety tips on tour website.

Help Prevent Motorcycle Accidents This Summer

by Staff Blogger | June 5th, 2014

As summer begins to settle in across southern Virginia, there are a growing number of motorcycles cruising the roads. This means it’s important to look out for bikers to prevent crashes.

This was made evident during a recent Roanoke motorcycle accident. Reports indicate the crash happened at around 9 a.m. on Monday, May 12, at the intersection of Brandon Avenue and Carlton Road.

An article from The Roanoke Times explains a vehicle failed to recognize the motorcycle at a stop sign and struck the bike and rider. The motorcyclist was injured and the driver of the car was cited for causing the accident.

The accident highlights the need for both motorcyclists and drivers to learn what they can do to prevent motorcycle crashes. One of the best places to do that is at the upcoming ABATE of VA State Rally. The motorcycle event will take place from June 20-22 at Paradise Lake Campgrounds in Spout Spring, Virginia. The event will feature vendors, music, camping, and food as well as groups promoting motorcycle safety.

Skolrood Law Firm’s founding attorney, Mark Skolrood, is an avid motorcyclist with years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases. He offers riders further advice on how to stay safe while on a motorcycle as part of Skolrood Rides.