Motorcycle safety awareness month, as you know by now, is here and we have
been reminding riders all week about safety, negligence, and liability.
All riders can do more to be safe and we are proud to help promote safety
Experienced Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys are aware that motorcycle safety awareness has unfortunately been preceded
by fatal motorcycle accidents over the years. Additionally, more motorcycle
accidents have occurred during the present months as well.
In March 2014, a
motorcycle accident occurred in Latham (Albany County). Driving in excess of 100mph, the motorcyclist
was eventually ejected from his bike. Luckily, his injuries were minor.
Minor, however, is not how one would describe his legal concerns; he was
charged with speeding, reckless driving, and operating an uninspected/unregistered
motorcycle. In fact, his charges may eventually include criminal acts
in addition to the traffic violations.
In April 2014, a man in Glenville (Schenectady County) died in a
motorcycle accident. Reportedly, the late teen lost control of his motorcycle and eventually
collided with a fire hydrant before his bike burst into flames. Witnesses
report that the rider was popping wheelies when he lost control of the
While popping wheelies seems common to the average rider, this accident
reminds us how such is unnecessarily dangerous. In fact, this lesson reminds
us that the duty of reasonable care is breached when riding in such a
manner. We respectfully pause to offer condolences to the rider’s family.
Also in April 2014, a man from Dutchess County lost control while riding
his motorcycle. He was reportedly speeding,
intoxicated, and not wearing a DOT approved helmet. The man survived, but he suffered
from head injuries and back injuries.
You might recall from our previous posts that New York is a state that
has enacted a universal helmet law.
Section 1192 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibits DWAI, DWI, and even has a felony DWI provision. Fines, license
suspensions and revocations, probation sentences, and even incarceration
are punishments imposed by this statute. In spite of these regulations,
more than a third of motorcycle fatalities are related to alcohol consumption.
motorcycle accidents have occurred in nearby areas during the present months. In Kingston,
a Derry women, riding as a passenger, was killed in an accident. The operator
was injured too. The crash did not involve alcohol or speed; rather, the
bike was trying to stop in traffic. Note, however, that neither was wearing
a helmet. A year ago, a Queensbury man was injured in a skid that led
to a collision with another vehicle. And just last year, two bikers were
killed in Binghamton when their bike struck a guardrail. Speeding is attributed
to the accident.
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. Click here to learn more information about the various causes of motorcycle
accidents inyesterday’s blog post.
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