New York Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
A motorcyclist is 27 times more likely to die and 5 times more likely to be injured in a vehicle crash than an occupant of a passenger car. Motorcycles give people the opportunity to use a form of transportation that is convenient, cheaper to fuel and easier to park than other types of vehicles. However, motorcyclists are also much more vulnerable to crashes and injuries than other motorists, a fact which highlights the need for safe driving on behalf of motorcyclists and the drivers they share the road with.
A New York motorcycle accident lawyer at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help you take the next step if you’ve been the victim of another driver’s negligence. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling claims ranging from road rash to wrongful death, and we are here to help you maximize your recovery and get the medical attention that you need.
The Statistics on Motorcycle Safety
By taking a look at just a few of the facts and figures on crashes involving motorcycles, we can gain a clearer picture of how these crashes happen and just how common they are.
- In New York, there were 4,760 motorcycle crashes, 135 motorcyclist fatalities and 4,633 injuries in motorcycle-involved crashes in 2014.
- The three leading causes of these motorcycle crashes were unsafe speeds, failure to yield to right of way and driver distraction.
- In the United States, over half of all motorcycle fatalities are adults over the age of 40, while motorcyclists over the age of 60 are two and a half times more likely to have serious injuries compared to younger motorcyclists.
- In 2014, 29 percent of motorcyclists in fatal vehicle crashes were over the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration.
- That same year, 33 percent of motorcyclists in fatal vehicle crashes were speeding at the time of the crash.
- Motorcyclists on “super sport” bikes have death rates four times higher than those on other types of motorcycles.
Injuries and Fatalities in Motorcycle Injuries
As we can see, motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to the serious injuries that occur in vehicle crashes. These injuries can come in many forms and are often suffered in conjunction with one another. A few examples include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Broken Bones (such as Ankle and Wrist Fractures)
- Organ Damage
- Road Rash
- Wrongful Death.
Determining Fault in a Motorcycle Crash
The majority of all vehicle crashes are due to human error. It is often the driver of the other vehicle, and not the motorcyclist, who was responsible for a multi-vehicle crash. Whether due to driver distraction, impaired driving or reckless driving practices such as speeding or failing to notice another vehicle when changing lanes, there can be a number of contributing factors that lead to one single crash. Determining fault in a motorcycle crash means examining and investigating many different aspects of the incident. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will be able to investigate the facts of a case and determine who was at fault in the crash.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
There are some steps that motorcyclists can take to make their rides a safe one:
- Wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet.
- Wear lightweight, breathable material that has heavy-duty armor panels along the spine, torso, shoulders, and elbows.
- Ride defensively, assume that the drivers of the cars around you have not seen you.
- Provide a safe distance between your motorcycle and other vehicles on the road.
Safety Tips for Those Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists
Reducing the number of motorcycle crashes will also require the efforts of other drivers, too. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Be mindful of blind spots and always use a turn signal when making turns in the vicinity of motorcyclists. Around 40 percent of collisions involving a motorcycle and another vehicle occur when the other vehicle is making a left turn.
- Allow motorcyclists a full lane to drive in.
- Allow plenty of space when driving behind motorcyclists, especially when road conditions are even slightly hazardous.
- Always assume that a motorcycle is closer than it appears when you are at an intersection. Because they are smaller in size, it can be more difficult to judge their distance and speed.
Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver or because of a roadway defect, you should call a New York motorcycle accident lawyer at Kaplan Lawyers PC. Our legal team has been helping injured riders for decades, and we are here to help you as well. If your motorcycle insurance will not pay for your medical bills or associated expenses, it is imperative that you contact us immediately so we can investigate and confirm who was responsible for your accident and hold those parties accountable.
The consultation is free, and we charge no legal fee unless we win your case.
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TOP 5 MISTAKES MADE AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
- Admitting fault at the scene of the accident before you have all of the facts
- Not filing an accident report with the police
- Assuming you will feel better and not seeking medical attention
- Believing that the Insurance Company will deal with you fairly
- Not hiring an experienced attorney who will complete all filings to protect your rights and ensure that you will receive the compensation that you deserve