There is nothing out of place about encountering motorcycles while traversing
New York Roadways, especially during the fair weather months. What is
unique about motorcycles in comparison to four-wheeled vehicles is that
motorcycles are smaller, have a slender profile, and are therefore harder
to see. Moreover, motorcycles are not surrounded by a protective cabin
equipped with seat belts, air bags, and air curtains. This makes
motorcycle accidents significantly more devastating.
Regardless of the above, motorcyclists do not assume a greater risk of
injury, as compared to automobiles, when operating their bikes. Whether
if driving a car or riding a motorcycle, other motorists are held accountable
to the same standard of care.
That standard of care requires motorists to use reasonable care in operating
their vehicle so that preventable and foreseeable injury is not caused
to others, as would any other prudent driver under similar circumstances.
Motorists must see what there is to be seen, and even hear what there
is to be heard. Therefore, even though motorcycles are harder to see,
prudent motorists must still be alert and see them if the motorcyclist
is to be seen.
Experienced Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys know that too many motorcycles are involved in accidents yearly that could
have been prevented. Preventable injuries such as broken bones, fractured
skulls, brain injuries, spinal injuries, lacerations, road rash, and even
death, are all common results of motorcycle accidents. Consider the following
statistics that illustrate this point:
- 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in 2011;
- The likelihood of motorcyclist death in traffic accidents is 30 times greater
that the likelihood for passenger car occupants;
- Helmets required by New York law are ineffective at preventing fatal injuries;
in fact they are only 37% effective at preventing death;
- From 2002 until 2011, there were over 44,000 motorcyclist fatalities in
the United States;
- During that same time, over 800,000 motorcyclists were injured in roadway
- 164 motorcyclists were killed in New York during 2011;
- Nationally, 94% of the motorcyclists killed in accidents during 2011 were
riders as opposed to passengers;
- Even though only 3% of registered vehicles in the U.S. are motorcycles,
motorcyclists represent 14% of the total traffic fatalities; and
- Singling out year 2011, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in
a traffic crash as compared to car occupants.
In fact, some of these accidents can be attributed to a negligent motorist.
And negligence is the legal theory that will support a plaintiff-motorcyclist’s
claim for compensation. If the offending driver breached his duty of care
to the motorcyclist, and that breach is the proximate cause of the biker’s
injuries, then the motorcyclist has a strong argument to recover damages
by way of civil litigation.
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