Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Victims of car accidents and trucking accidents have one major advantage over victim of motorcycle accidents; the vehicle’s safety features. In newer vehicles, certain safety features such as front and side airbags, seat belts, anti-lock brakes, and more are required. Even in older vehicles, having a buckled seat belt can mean the difference between life and death in a traffic accident. On a motorcycle, there are very few safety features, other than the rider’s helmet. Due to this fact, motorcyclists have almost nothing to protect themselves in the event of a serious accident.
Out of necessity, motorcyclists are forced to take extra precautions on the road. Despite those precautions being taken, accidents can still occur. Inattentive and negligent drivers cause the majority of motorcycle accidents, although insurance companies are often quick to place the blame on the lone motorcyclist. That is why it is vital, before speaking with an insurance adjuster or accepting a settlement, to contact a personal injury lawyer at our firm if you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident due to no fault of your own.
Motorcycles are smaller vehicles and thus harder for drivers to see. If a driver makes a left-hand turn in front of motorcycle, swerves into a motorcycle when changing lanes, or runs into a motorcycle that is stopped at a stop sign, it is the driver’s fault, not the motorcyclist’s fault. A knowledgeable and experienced lawyer will be able to help determine liability in a motorcycle accident and thus be able to build an aggressive and effective case, on your behalf.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Drivers who are texting while driving
- Inattentive drivers
- Dangerous roads
- Debris in the road
- Improper or inadequate signage
In cases involving road maintenance, the municipality or city responsible for the proper upkeep of the road, could be deemed liable and forced to compensate the victims for any damages and injuries sustained. The motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm will take the time to determine what caused the accident and identify all parties who need to be held liable for their negligence, neglect or blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of those around them.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents are statistically more likely in heavily trafficked areas. According to 2011 statistics compiled and released by New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), there were a total of 5,336 motorcycle crashes, 168 of which were fatal. Of these accidents, the drivers of other vehicles involved were never the ones killed. Three pedestrians were killed in New York motorcycle collisions in 2011; all other fatalities were the motorcyclists themselves. Nearly 38 percent of motorcyclists that survived these collisions only suffered minor injuries, but 21.3 percent of motorcyclists involved in accidents suffered serious injuries. A majority of these motorcycle accidents took place on a Saturday most commonly between the hours of 3pm and 6pm.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
For more than 19 years, our firm has been representing clients facing all manner of personal injury cases. We have a long record of success, as we are committed to providing clients with excellent service in order to meet their legal needs. We know how to handle insurance companies who are simply trying to get you to agree to a quick, and often inadequate settlement agreement.
Throughout the entire case, we work closely with each client to answer any questions they may have, gather additional evidence and take steps to build the kind of aggressive case our clients have come to expect. No case is too large or too small. Although we will not guarantee any specific outcome, we have attained settlements ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars up to 12 million dollars, on behalf of our clients. We are here to help you protect your rights and protect your interests. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, due to no fault of your own, you need to contact a motorcycle accident attorney at The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C.