New York City Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
We Are Experienced Motorcycle Injury Attorneys in New York
Let’s get one thing straight: motorcycles are fun to ride. That said, they are also very dangerous and a leading cause of automobile accidents on major highways and city streets. In 2004 alone, more than 4,000 people died as a direct result of a motorcycle accident. This is nearly double the number of people who died from motorcycle accidents in 1997! If this figure tells us something, it is that motorcycle safety is not strictly adhered to.
There are many ways in which an individual can become involved in a NYC motorcycle accident. Some examples include riding a motorcycle and being sideswiped by a car, colliding with another motorcycle, or crashing due to poor road and weather conditions. One thing is certain; no two motorcycle accidents are alike. Moreover, statistics show that most of the time it is a combination of factors that result in motorcycle accidents.
Are you suffering from a motorcycle accident related injury? Contact our New York City car accident lawyers today at The Orlow Firm for help recovering compensation for your injuries.
Every motorcycle enthusiast should know several key safety factors that will help him or her when riding a motorcycle. First, you should always wear a helmet. Statistics alone verify that riding a motorcycle is a dangerous hobby. Remember, safety comes first! Second, avoid riding in hazardous weather conditions. Sure, you may be an excellent driver, but others are not. Do not put your life in the hands of others. Third, never ride negligently. Do not perform tricks or stunts on major highways to show off. Do not fail to check your blind spots. And never, ever drive drunk.
Injuries commonly caused by motorcycle accidents include:
Motorcycle Accidents: The Facts
Motorcyclists are not very likely to walk away from an accident. With no safety protections like seat belts or air bags, their rate of death or injury following a motorcycle accident can be as high as 80 percent. Wearing a motorcycle helmet that conforms to government standards can prevent more than a third of fatalities. It is also essential that motorcyclists make themselves highly visible-by wearing bright clothing, keeping their headlights on, and avoiding the blind spots of other vehicles.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Most motorcycle accidents occur during brief trips for purposes of errands, shopping, entertainment and recreation, or visiting with friends. Such accidents are likely to happen within a short time and within a short distance of where the trip originated. The vast majority of motorcycle accidents involve collision with another vehicle. Drivers of other vehicles often don’t see the motorcycle until it is too late to avoid an accident. Typically, a motorcyclist has less than 2 seconds to complete an anti-collision maneuver. In almost half of all multiple vehicle accidents, the motorist’s view of the motorcycle was obstructed by glare or other vehicles. Lack of driver attention and fatigue are also major risk factors, and alcohol use contributes to almost half of all fatalities.
About one-fourth of motorcycle crashes are single vehicle accidents in which the rider collides with the roadway or some other fixed object. Motorcycle driver error is common in two-thirds of these cases, mostly from slide outs and falls due to over-braking, or running wide on a curve due to excessive speed or under-cornering. Male riders between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest risk of motorcycle accidents, and many of them have previous traffic citations. Proper training and experience greatly reduces accident involvement. Most riders, however, lack expert training and are most likely to be self-taught or to learn from family or friends.
Motorcycle Injuries: Legal Concerns & Lawsuits
Most motorcycle accidents involve some form of negligence resulting in property damage and/or injury. Drivers who speed, tail gate, fail to yield the right of way or who change lanes improperly increase the risk of colliding with a motorcycle.
Carelessness and recklessness are not always easy to prove. A diligent personal injury lawyer will carefully analyze police and medical reports as well as eyewitness testimony and depictions of the crash scene. In states with no-fault insurance laws, accident victims may be limited to payments for medical expenses or lost income. At times, government entities may be liable for accidents caused by defective road design, hazardous road conditions or improper road maintenance. Lawsuits against government entities must be filed within specified time limits. In such cases, accident victims should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Contact The Orlow Firm
Are you suffering from a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another? If so, contact our New York motorcycle accident attorneys today for information regarding your legal rights.
Call (646) 647-3398 to speak with an attorney.