Sitting on the front steps to her house, a young girl watches her dashing
older brother head back to college after spring break. The collegiate
gentleman sprints off on his motorcycle and pops a wheelie to impress
his little sister. As she watches, she thinks to herself, “I am
going to be like him someday.”
Experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys understand this young girl’s feelings; motorcycles and riders are
icons in American culture. They symbolize freedom, rebellion, strength,
and youthful expression. Unfortunately, our personal injury attorneys
would most likely advise this young girl, and her brother, to refrain
from attempting motorcycle stunts and tricks.
Highways and byways are simply not made for motorcycle stunts. Other motorcyclists
and motorists are on the road. Pedestrians bound across streets and traverse
sidewalks. When bikers attempt motorcycle tricks, they put the people
around them in danger if and when the stunt devolves into a
horrible motorcycle crash.
In ordinary terms, all motorcycle users must act reasonably when riding
on public streets, just like any other prudent motorcyclist. This way,
other bikers, motorists, and pedestrians are not needlessly injured. Performing
a wheelie, burnout, or stoppie on public roads is far from reasonable
and prudent. In fact, these tricks put lives in danger.
On the most basic level, motorcycle tricks leave the motorcycle in an unstable
state. The biker can easily lose control and crash. Bike tires can blowout,
and the motorcycle can be left with various other types of structural
damage. The biker can fall off the motorcycle and the bike itself can
end up careening into people, vehicles, buildings and various other objects.
When bikers attempt tricks and stunts and a crash occurs, the biker can
be liable for injuries caused to person and damage caused to property.
When a motorcyclist breaches the duty of reasonable care that is mentioned
above, the biker has acted negligently.
In order for a
victim of negligence to collect compensation from an offending party, four elements must be
satisfied. There must be a duty, breach of that duty, causation, and damages.
You already know that motorcyclists have a duty, and you know that motorcycle
tricks may breach that duty. But what is causation and damages?
Causation is simple; it means that the offending conduct must have been
the cause of the victim’s injuries. “Damages” is what
the victim suffered as a result of being injured. This includes medical
expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs and the like.
Learn more about New York motorcycle accidents and the risks involved in
our latest article posted here. Read about motorcycle accidents in the rain inour blog posted here. Learn more about DWI motorcycle accidents causing personal injuries in
our recent blog posted 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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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
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