Recently, the Putnam County Sheriff announced that a
man was injured in a motorcycle crash after coming around a curve on Route 311. The rider was reportedly from
Dutchess County. So the motorcycle season has barely begun and a motorcyclist
is already seriously injured.
Whatever the circumstances were which surround that accident,
experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys know that any number of factors contribute to roadway accidents and far
more motorcycle accidents will occur before the 2014 season is over.
If fact, for much of the last decade,
motorcycle crashes have been on a steady rise; note that from 1998 to 2007, motorcyclist
injuries increased 110 percent. In total, 103,000 motorcyclists were injured
in 2007. The majority of those accidents happen during the spring and
summer, and around 90% of those injured were operating the motorcycle.
July, August, and September is actually the period in which most motorcycle
injuries occurred. If one stretches that time period from April until
September, one could expect to find that nearly 73 percent of all yearly
motorcycle accidents happen during those months.
Don’t be quick to dismiss the rest of the months. Anywhere from 27
percent to 33 percent of yearly motorcycle accidents occur during the
months between October and March.
motorcycle accident has its own unique facts, patterns arise over time. For example, in each
of the years from 1998 through 2007, roughly half of the motorcycle accidents
were single vehicle accidents while the other half were involved in multi-vehicle
accidents. Slightly more than half occur on a weekday, and around two-thirds
happen during the daytime. Lastly, as you may have read in our other posts,
the majority of injured motorcyclists were in fact helmeted at the time
of the accident.
Demographically speaking, for the years 1998 through 2007 anywhere from
83 to 90 percent of injured motorcyclists were male. Roughly one-third
of injured motorcyclists were aged 20 to 29 and roughly another 20 percent
were in their forties.
Unfortunately, alcohol does contribute to motorcycle accidents as well.
Again, in the same years mentioned above, anywhere from 7 to 10 percent
of all motorcyclists injured nationally were hurt in alcohol related crashes.
Alcohol-related refers to any person involved in the crash, not just motorcyclists.
In the Putnam County motorcycle accident noted above, it appears alcohol
was a contributing factor.
experience of dedicated motorcycle accident attorneys has shown that a good portion of yearly biker accidents were caused by
the negligence of another motorist. Remember, no matter what the age or
gender of the rider; whether the rider was helmeted; and regardless of
the time of year, motorcyclists are owed a duty of care from other motorists.
This duty requires motorists to use reasonable care when driving so as
to not cause preventable harm.
Interested in learning more about motorcycle accidents and related statistics?
Find out more in the
latest free articles from our experienced attorneys here. Also learn more about the deadly statistics of
motorcycle crashes here. Motorcycle crashes and helmet use can also bring about shocking statistics;
find out more here. See also how New York statistics compare to other states in
our latest blog post yesterday available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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