News & opinion Episode #11: Motorcycle Safety

Episode #11: Motorcycle Safety

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shley

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iguez : 0:34

elcome to b

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king do

n the l. This is

shley

nd tod

y

e h

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speci

l guest

ith us, B

i

n P

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nd he is one of oussoci

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neys out of ou

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e you doing, B

i

n? B

i

n P

ge : 0:45

I’m doing

ell.

shley, ho

e you tod

y?

shley

od

iguez : 0:47 I'm g

e

t. So

h

t m

de you get into pe

son

l inju

y l? B

i

n P

ge : 0:52

ell, I h

ppen to

ctu

lly kind of f

ll into it du

ing l

school.

f

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some help. On

pt time b

sis, I st

ted

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king fo

him fo little

hile,

nd I

e

lly just fell in love

ith, you kno

, helping the clients

nd fighting insu

nce comp

nies.

shley

od

iguez : 1:09

Th

t's esome. So did you

l

ys

nt to be

lye

?

B

i

n P

ge : 1:12 So I s told by my pents th

t I b

sic

lly

ould gue

ith them f

om

s soon

s I c

n spe

k,

nd I distinctly

emembe

some dinne

time conve

s

tions

hen I

s still in middle school, L

te Middle School o

m

ybe ely high school

he

e I s told

epe

tedly by my pents th

t I eithe

bette

be

used c s

lesm

n on

tto

ney bec

use I just loved to to h

ndle b

sic

lly. So I figu

ed going the

tto

ney

oute

ould be

little bit mo

e p

estigious th

n these c

s

les,

shley

od

iguez : 1:39

ell p

ob

bly. So tod

y,

e'

e gonn

t

lk

bout moto

cycle s

fety to my unde

st

nding th

t you enjoy moto

cycles

ight

nd you

ide to B

i

n.

B

i

n P

ge : 1:49 Yes, I do. I've I've h

d

moto

cycle license since I

s 16. I b

sic

lly got it

t the s

me time

s my d

ive

's license. I cuently h

ve

1974 BM

900 Th

t s my f

the

's th

t I h

ve memo

ies of

ight ound L

ke Michig

n on the b

ck of this

hen I s eight o

nine ye

s old.

shley

od

iguez : 2:08 Th

t’s

esome. So you’ve been

iding moto

cycles since you

e

e 16. But c

n you tell us

little bit

hy moto

cycles c

n be d

nge

ous? B

i

n P

ge : 2:18

ell, I me

n, it’s kind of obvious

hen you just look

t them. I me

n, you'

e sitting the

e, you'

e exposed

nd you don't h

ve the s

fety of

steel c

ge ound you like you do

nd, you kno

,

c

o

t

uck. The

e’s some b

l

nce issues

lso

ith them

t lo

speeds. So inhe

ently, it's just

little bit mo

e d

nge

ous th

n

vehicle.

shley

od

iguez : 2:35

So

h

t is the most common c

use of moto

cycle

ccidents? B

i

n P

ge : 2:40

So

g

in,

hen you'

e on

moto

cycle, you’

e

lot sm

lle

th

n

c

. So gene

lly,

h

t you

ill see

ith moto

cycle

ccidents is people not seeing you. You kno

, you'

e t

ught

hen

hen you len to

ide to st

y out of blind spots, much mo

e impo

t

ntly th

n you e in

vehicle.

lso,

lot of times The

e e, you kno

, people

hen you'

e coming do

n the

o

d to

ds them

nd they don't see you

nd they pull out in f

ont of you. You kno

, it’s been

lot of l

ne ch

nge issues

ith

ith th

t

g

in

ith

ith blind spots

nd then just inhe

ently You’

e much sm

lle

th

n

c. So th

t’s oftentimes

hy you'll see

lot of moto

cycles

ill h

ve

ddition

l lighting on them, you kno

, th

t not only looks kind of cool, but th

t’s

ctu

lly

s

fety issue. Oftentimes, you’ll

lso see

lot of moto

cycle

ide

s

ill

e like high visibility vests, like the guys th

t

e

o

king on, you kno

, the st

eets

hen they'

e out the

e in tffic just so th

t it

dds

n

ddition

l l

ye

of potenti

lly being noticed

nd th

t th

t’s

h

t’s impo

t

nt is to t

y to

void the

ccident.

shley

od

iguez : 3:41

Ye

h, to

void the blind spots.

h

t tot

lly m

kes sense. So

h

t do you think

e the top s

fety tips fo

moto

cycle

ide

s like

h

t

ould you give them?

B

i

n P

ge : 3:50

ell, fi

st

nd fo

emost, it's going to be you kno

, you

equipment, you

l

ys

nt to

ide

helmet. In most st

tes. No

helmets

e m

nd

ted by l

. It

sn’t th

t y

hen I beg

n iting

lso, you kno

, high visibility j

cket, you kno

, p

otective p

nts, gloves

nd boots, things like th

t. One of the eliest t

icks th

t I lened on

moto

cycle,

hen you’

e going do

n the

o

d

nd someone's eithet

stop sign o

stoplight

he

e they h

ve the potenti

l to pull out in f

ont of you, is you st

e

t the f

ont

heel of the vehicle th

t is stopped.

nd th

t’s the fi

st indic

tion th

t you

ill see if they st

t to move. It gives you kind of

n ely

ning thing

nd I

ctu

lly use th

t

hile I d

ive

c.

nd I’ll

lso it's, it's kind of deceiving sometimes

hen you c

n't

e

lly tell if someone's stting to move o

not. But if you st

e

ight

t th

t f

ont

heel, you'll see

nd st

t to move

nd then you'll kno

th

t they m

y potenti

lly be pulled out in f

ont of you.

shley

od

iguez : 4:41

o

, th

t’s

g

e

t tip. I neveould h

ve thought of th

t. B

i

n P

ge : 4:44

Ye

h, give it

t

y sometime. It's it

e

lly is helpful.

shley

od

iguez : 4:48

Ho

c

n you p

event

n

ccident

hen you’

e on

moto

cycle? B

i

n P

ge : 4:51

So

e

lly,

hen you

ide you just h

ve to be hype

vigil

nt.

lot of times, you kno

, I find myself

nd I

nd I

ssume othe

people do this

lso

hen you d

op In

c, you kno

, you c

n get distcted, pl

ying

ith the dio, gl

ncing

t you

cell phone, you kno

, yelling

t the kids in the b

ckse

t, th

t so

t of thing.

e

lly,

hen you'

e on

moto

cycle, you

m

in focus is to be

e of eve

ything th

t is

ound you both in f

ont

nd behind. Be

e of eve

ything th

t’s potenti

lly coming off the side st

eet. You just h

ve to be hype

vigil

nt, being e,

ssuming th

t eve

ybody else on the

o

d does not see you.

shley

od

iguez : 5:28 Ye

h, you h

ve to be like mo

e defensive of

d

ive

th

n

B

i

n P

ge : 5:31

bsolutely, ye

h. Ye

h, it’s it’s the most defensive d

iving th

t you c

n possibly do.

shley

od

iguez : 5:36

So

e

ll

nt to

void those

ccidents. But

h

t h

ppens if you e in

moto

cycle

ccident?

h

t should someone do

ight

fte

th

t?

B

i

n P

ge : 5:50

ell, fi

st

nd fo

emost, you nt to t

y to get

ny so

t of medic

l

ttention th

t you m

y need this the most impo

t

nt thing, unfo

tun

tely,

lot of times, you kno

,

ccidents involving moto

cycles.

e p

etty c

t

st

ophic

e

e in the inju

ies c

n be life th

e

tening, if not, they c

n kill you. So if you e

ble to get up,

lk

ound

nd not necessily need to be, you kno

, t

ken off in

n

mbul

nce, th

t so

t of thing. The p

ocedu

e

ften

ccident is p

etty much the s

me

s you

ould

ith

moto

vehicle

ccident, you

nt to exch

nge insunce info

m

tion, if you've got you

phone,

nd if it's

o

king, you kno

, t

ke

pictu

e of the othe

d

ive

s d

ive

‘s license

nd insunce cds so th

t you h

ve th

t fo

you

o

n

eco

ds. Most insunce comp

nies

equi

e you to let you

o

n insu

nce comp

ny knohen you

e

e involved in

n

ccident

lso. So you c

n c

ll you

o

n insu

nce comp

ny

nd it open

cl

im just so th

t they'

e

e of it. So outside of you kno

, the medic

l

ttention th

t you m

y need. It's b

sic

lly the s

me thing th

t you

ould do follo

ing

ny so

t of moto

vehicle

ccident.

shley

od

iguez : 6:49

Ye

h, exch

nge the info

m

tion c

ll the police t

ke photos

ll of th

t.

B

i

n P

ge : 6:55

ight.

bsolutely.

shley

od

iguez : 6:57

So

h

t if like

f

mily membe

s in

moto

cycle

ccident,

nd then the unfo

tun

te thing is c

t

st

ophic. Ho

ould

f

mily membe

go

bout t

king ce of eve

ything

fte

th

t? B

i

n P

ge : 7:11

Ye

h. So

g

in, th

t’s

hy it's impo

t

nt to t

y to get the police involved, m

ke su

e

epo

t is done. Eve

ything is documented co

ectly

bout

h

t took pl

ce too, especi

lly if

f

mily membe

involved in

moto

cycle

ccident is not

esponsive

t the time o

un

ble to

ns

e

questions

bout

h

t m

y h

ve h

ppened. It’s impo

t

nt to get

neutl thi

d p

ty in the

e to do the investig

tion. Most police office

s h

ve been t

ined in

ccidents, not necessily

econst

uction, but investig

tions. So you kno

, they'll look fo

things physic

l mkings on the p

vement, skid m

ks, things like th

t,

he

e the deb

is is

ften

ccident

nd they c

n come to, you kno

,

p

etty solid conclusion

s to

h

t m

y h

ve t

ken pl

ce in th

t

ccident. If the police

e not involved,

nd you've got somebody th

t is eithe

you kno

, inc

p

cit

ted oo

st c

se scenio killed, the othe

pe

son involved in the

ccidents ve

sion of

h

t took pl

ce is going to be the only

eco

d of

h

t

e

lly h

ppened. So th

t’s

hy it's impo

t

nt to get the police involved so th

t they c

n do thei

investig

tion

nd c

e

te

epo

t th

t then the f

mily membe

c

n use

hen

pp

o

ching the insunce comp

ny fo

the othe

d

ive

.

shley

od

iguez : 8:21 tot

lly m

kes sense. So, since you pctice in Louisi

n

,

h

t e the m

in l

s to

ide

moto

cycle?

nd is it diffe

ent f

om othe

st

tes.

B

i

n P

ge : 8:33 So

hen I o

igin

lly st

ted

iding the moto

cycle

t 16, I

ctu

lly lived in Illinois

t the time. So in Illinois, it did h

ve

diffe

ent type of p

ocess by

hich you needed to

cqui

e you

d

ive

‘s license.

nd the

e

s

m

nd

to

y cl

ss th

t took pl

ce ove F

id

y evening,

ll d

y, S

tu

d

y,

ll d

y Sund

y, th

t

t 16 th

t you

e

e

equi

ed to t

ke to be

ble to get licensed

s

moto

cycle

ide

in Louisi

n

. It's

little bit Diffe

ent, you c

n t

ke

moto

cycle s

fety cou

se,

hich if you p

ss

ill

utom

tic

lly get you

moto

cycles license. But it's not necessy in Louisi

n

, you b

sic

lly h

ve to go to, you kno

, the Office of moto

vehicles, you’d need t

o fo

ms of identific

tion to p

ovide to them. The

e's

fee, I believe th

t it's

bout $20 fee th

t you h

ve to p

y, then you c

n t

ke

itten ex

m by moto

cycle kno

ledge. The

e’s some online tests th

t you c

n t

ke fo

p

ctice to get p

eped fo

th

t. If you p

ss the

itten test, then you need to p

ss

n on cycle test,

hich b

sic

lly me

ns you h

ve to p

ovide you

o

n moto

cycle, you

o

n helmets,

nd eye p

otection if you don't h

ve you kno

, f

ce cove

ing on the helmet o

indshield on the moto

cycle.

nd then you b

sic

lly

ide ound

hile being obse

ved by you kno

, the pe

son giving the test.

nd so fo

ex

mple, in my c

se, I

l

e

dy h

d the moto

cycle but

hen I moved to Louisi

n

, they did not c

y on Ove

my endo

sements. So

hen I

ent b

ck to get my Louisi

n

moto

cycles license, I

ctu

lly h

d to h

ve

buddy of mine,

ide my moto

cycle to the OMD, you kno

,

ith

ith my equipment

t

hich time then I took the test in f

ont of the pe

son

dministe

ing the test

nd then s

ble to just

ide off the lot

fte

I p

ssed it. So it’s

little bit diffe

ent bec

use it's kind of counte

intuitive th

t you'd be going to get you

license, but you h

ve to p

ovide you

o

n moto

cycle. So you m

y need

buddy to go

ith you.

shley

od

iguez : 10:28

nd th

t m

kes sense. Ye

h.

nd it’s not the s

me

s like they h

ve to tch you ve

sus them being in the c

ith you. B

i

n P

ge : 10:34

Ye

h, I don't think

ny of the inst

ucto

s

ould p

ob

bly nt to jump on the b

ck of

moto

cycle o

somebody

ho’s testing to get thei

license.

shley

od

iguez : 10:41

Definitely not. I me

n, it's

l

e

dy b

d enough

hen they h

ve to get in the c,

ight? Ye

h,

bsolutely. So is the

e

ny l

st tips you

ould like to s

y

bout moto

cycle s

fety o

if you'

e in

moto

cycle

ccident? B

i

n P

ge : 10:56

Ye

h, just in genel, you kno

, being ve

y vigil

nt if you’

e going to t

ke the steps to get moto

cycles licensed

nd you

nt to

ide moto

cycles. I me

n, it's g

e

t, you kno

, it’s

g

e

t ple

su

e to

ide moto

cycles. But, you kno

, obviously it is inhe

ently mo

e d

nge

ous th

n

vehicle, especi

lly if you'

e in

city, you kno

, like Ne

O

le

ns o

Houston

he

e the

e's

lot of t

ffic

nd

lot of people on the

o

d, ide

lly, you kno

, in

pe

fect

o

ld,

e'd

ll just

ide moto

cycles out on open

o

ds

nd you kno

, enjoy the scene

y

nd th

t so

t of thing. But on

d

y to d

y b

sis, th

t's just not possible. So,

hen

iding you kno

,

lys

e

you

p

otective equipment, be

s visible

s possible. Be hype

vigil

nt

nd be ve

y defensive

nd just

ssume I me

n, I

l

ys tell

nybody th

t

ides o

is thinking

bout

ight

nd you just h

ve to

ssume th

t the othe

d

ive

s do not see you

t

ll,

nd ope

te you

moto

cycle in th

t f

shion.

shley

od

iguez : 11:46 Th

nk you.

nd once

g

in,

e

e b

e

king do

n the l

ith moto

cycle s

fety

ith B

i

n P

ge out of ou

Ne

O

le

ns office.

e opete in

ll 50 st

tes

nd h

ve sevel

ssoci

te

tto

neys in diffe

ent st

tes. So, if you've been in

moto

cycle

ccident

nd you need some help,

e

ch out to us

t 281-783-3934

nd th

nk you

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