Motorcycles are associated with a number of known risks in New York City. Riders have less physical protection, are more difficult for other drivers on the road to identify, and are operating more complex types of vehicles. According to a 2015 study from the Department of Transportation, the fatal collision rate for motorcycle riders in New York City is almost twice as much as in New York State. The most common type of collision resulting in the fatality of a motorcycle rider was one involving another vehicle.
An average mid-size sedan can weigh roughly 3,350 pounds, while the average motorcycle weighs only 400 pounds. Because of these factors, even a seemingly minor collision for a mid-size sedan could result in devastating injuries for a motorcycle rider.
While it is impossible to control how other drivers behave, here are a few simple safety measures that motorcyclists can follow to minimize risks on the road:
- Carefully follow all traffic laws, and do not drive aggressively
- Make sure to inspect your bike and protective gear before a ride
- Always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet and vision-protection
However, even if every driver on the road were to follow all traffic laws, accidents would still happen. In the event of a motorcycle accident, there are a few critical steps that should be immediately followed:
- Make sure that everyone is safe and out of the roadway. If needed, seek medical attention for any injured parties.
- Collect contact information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, license numbers, and insurance information from all involved drivers.
- Never verbally admit to being at fault.
- Contact the police as soon as possible to file a detailed report. Make sure to record the names and badge numbers of any responding officers.
- Try to remember your surroundings, and immediately make a personal account of what took place. Details are critical for determining liability in vehicle collisions.
- Collect as much information as possible from witnesses present during the accident.
- Contact your insurance company to make a detailed report of the accident.
Seek Help From a New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident because of a reckless or negligent driver, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your losses. Many motorcyclists believe that choosing to undertake the risks of driving a motorcycle means that they do not deserve compensation for injuries if they are in an accident. However, our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP will fight for you. Our experienced legal team will do everything possible to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
The team at Hach & Rose, LLP, recently helped a motorcycle injury victim secure over $8 million for her losses, and we are ready to put this experience to work for you. To learn more about what our team can do to help you if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us today at (212) 779-0057.
Florence, NY (July 5, 2019) – On Friday, July, 5th, police were immediately called to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash that took place on Wolcott Hill Road in the town of Florence. According to State Police in Sylvan Beach, 26-year-old Brandon E. Humphrey, of Camden, tragically lost his life in the accident that occurred at 1:08 p.m.
Watertown, NY (July 5, 2019) – On Wednesday, July 3rd, police were promptly summoned to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash that took place on State Route 3 in Watertown. The collision between a motorcycle and a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu was reported to have happened around 3:15 p.m.
Wilton, NY (July 5, 2019) – According to state police, a man had to be airlifted to the hospital following a serious collision that occurred on Friday afternoon, July 5th. Authorities stated that accident involved a car and a motorcycle, which collided at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the town of Wilton.
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY (July 4, 2019) – A man from Ronkonkoma was sadly killed in a motorcycle accident that happened around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night, July 3rd. According to police, the crash occurred on the Long Island Expressway, near Exit 60 in Lake Ronkonkoma.
Town of Friendship, NY (July 3, 2019) – Authorities have released the names of those involved in a serious two-vehicle collision that took place on Tuesday, July 2nd, in the town of Friendship. The accident, which involved a motorcycle and another vehicle, happened at 6:38 a.m. along Interstate 86.
Mooers, NY (July 3, 2019) – State Police were dispatched to the scene of a deadly motorcycle crash that occurred on Route 11 in the town of Mooers for reasons that are under investigation. The incident took place on Monday morning, July 1st, at around 11:31 a.m., according to authorities.
Town of Friendship, NY (July 2, 2019) – A collision between an unspecified vehicle and a motorcycle took place on Interstate 86 on Tuesday morning, July 2nd in the town of Friendship. According to police, the crash happened at an unstated time between Exit 28 to Cuba and Exit 29 to Friendship.
Town of Day, NY (July 2, 2019) – One man was reported to have tragically lost his life following a motorcycle crash with another vehicle in the town of Day. The fatal collision was stated to have taken place at along North Shore Road at around 7:20 p.m. on Monday, July 1st.
Lockport, NY (June 30, 2019) – Around 11:09 a.m. on June 28th, serious injuries were reported in a motorcycle crash on Tonawanda Creek Road in Lockport. (more…)
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