Motorcycle season has arrived!
Sharing the road with motorcyclists is a sign that warmer weather is coming,
along with all of the outdoor activities in which people partake during
the spring, summer, and fall. Our law firm has undertaken to make this
month of May “Motorcycle Month” to provide you information
regarding statistics of accidents, safety, and the law pertaining to these
Experienced Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys know that along with this excitement comes with the need for greater awareness.
Each year thousands of motorcyclists are involved in
motorcycle accidents; thousands are injured, and hundreds of riders die.
It goes without saying that any number of these crashes could have been
prevented. In fact, they may be caused by a negligent act of another motorist
on the road.
Motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, can pursue a civil action founded in negligence in
order to recover for the injuries inflicted upon them.
Motorcycles are smaller in frame, and riders are exposed to exterior surroundings
without the protections of vehicle frames, seat belts, and airbags. This
does not mean that motorcyclists assume the risk of riding. On the contrary,
motorcycle accidents could have been prevented had the offending driver
exercised reasonable care in the operation of their vehicle.
You should know that all motorists are required to use reasonable care
when driving, as would any other prudent driver under similar circumstances,
so that preventable and foreseeable harm is not inflicted upon others.
It is common to see instances in which excessive speed, following too closely,
failing to yield, aggressive driving, drunk driving, and distracted driving
as being the cause of a motorcycle accident. If any one of these acts
were refrained from, the injured motorcyclist could have returned home
safely. All it takes from a motorist is to obey the rules of the road
and see what there is to be seen.
When a motorist engages in any number of the above acts, there may be a
breach of the duty of care owed to motorcyclists. If there is such a breach,
and the breach was the proximate cause of the motorcyclist’s injuries,
then the biker can obtain compensation for his/her injuries.
Common motorcycle injuries from which one can obtain a civil recovery are
fractured bones, brain injuries, road rash, back injuries, joint injuries,
lost limbs, organ damages, and soft tissue damage. Even the death of a
biker can be the basis for recovery within the scope of wrongful death
and survival actions.
Negligently injured motorcyclists can also receive compensation for lost
wages, lost earning capacity, medical bills, physical rehabilitation bills,
vocational rehabilitation bills, and the like.
Are you interested in learning more about the various kinds of motor vehicle
accidents? Find out more by reading our
latest article posted on our website here. Learn more about car accident and what can cause liability by
viewing our blog post here, or learn about bus accidents and how these crashes can be very serious
and deadly in our
blog post 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
convenient contact form here.