Every day in New York, a resident is awarded the privilege of carrying
a motor vehicle license. Likewise, more and more people are receiving
a license to operate a motorcycle. We have all been there, feeling the
excitement of having such a wonderful privilege for the first time.
Experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys understand the time and money spent on becoming qualified to ride a motorcycle.
We also know the dangers of operating motorcycles on Poughkeepsie roadways.
It is clear that motorcyclists are in a vulnerable position given the natural
qualities of motorcycles. They are smaller, harder to see, and lighter
as compared to 4+ wheeled vehicles. Moreover, they don’t offer the
same protections, such as air bags, seat belts, and an interior cabin
surrounded by a steel frame.
With this in mind, we wish to inform riders on the common causes of motorcycle
accidents in New York. In general terms, rate of speed, operating a vehicle
under the influence of drugs/alcohol, motorist negligence, weather conditions,
and road hazards top the list.
No matter the type of motor vehicle, excessive speed is a frequent cause
of accidents. Higher rates of speed gives riders less time to react to
other motorists. Motorcycles may become harder to control at higher speeds,
especially sport bikes that approach maximum speed capability of 200 mph.
You should also know that 36 percent of motorcycle crash fatalities were
partly related to speed. Observing speed regulations is one of the easiest
ways in which a rider can reduce his or her likelihood of being injured
or killed in a
Another factor common to all types of motor vehicles that causes vehicle
collisions is driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. 36% of all
biker fatalities are linked to alcohol; 28% of these deceased riders had
a BAC of .08, if not higher. Obviously, never ride while intoxicated,
“buzzed”, or under the influence of drugs.
Speeding and riding under the influence, among other things, can give rise
to a claim of negligence. Negligence can also arise even if a law was
not violated. Simply, if a motorist didn’t use reasonable care in
operating a vehicle and harm was caused there from, the rider may have
a valid negligence claim. Just because motorcycles are harder to see doesn’t
mean that they can’t be seen; perhaps they could have been seen
if the motorist was properly using his or her senses.
Lastly, one should always adjust their riding to accommodate road conditions
and roadway hazards. Wet roads, loose gravel, potholes, sharp curves,
and congested streets should trigger the rider to use extra caution.
Are you interested in learning more about motorcycle laws and how they
can create liability? Find out more in the
latest article from our experienced attorneys available here. Learn more about some laws that pertain to equipment and have a purpose inpromoting safety of riders available here. Also learn about some laws regarding comparative fault, and what could
help or hurt your motorcycle case by clicking 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
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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