March 5, 2015 – Legislators in New Mexico and South Dakota recently voted on measures which will have a significant impact on motorcyclists. As is so often the case, however, these measures reopen the debate regarding freedom vs. safety, and not everyone is pleased about the outcome. Motorcyclists in South Dakota will now have the freedom to ride without restrictions on handlebar length, and most New Mexico riders can continue to take to the streets without a helmet. Motorcyclists came out in full force to uphold these rights, appearing at public hearings and committees to voice their opinions, but many others in these states – including medical professionals – have expressed the need for safety as a top priority.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has commented that there has been a drastic increase in deaths amongst older motorcycle riders – those in the 55 to 64 year old group. This group has now accounted for 16.3% of all motorcycle deaths in 2013, the latest year such data has been made available.
Jeff Nadrich is a motorcycle accident lawyer with Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience successfully defending clients, and he continues to represent accident victims all across California.