Motorcycle accidents and injuries.
Motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries are unfortunately quite common in New York State. On average, 166 people die each year from motorcycle accidents. 4000 people are treated at hospitals each year as a result of motorcycle accidents. That works out to be an average of 16 people per day.
Riding on a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous that riding in a car. Motorcyclists are approximately 37 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than occupants of a passenger car.
Of course, this makes sense when you consider that the motorcyclist does not have the benefit of the protection of the outside of a passenger car or of seatbelts and airbags. A motorcyclist’s body is basically unprotected when coming into contact with another vehicle or a stationary object such as a tree or light pole.
A motorcycle is also more difficult to operate than a car as it requires more agility, coordination, and alertness. It is imperative that the motorcyclist take all the safety precautions available to prevent injury or death.
The New York State Department of Health is a good resource for motorcycle safety.
They publish brochures that contain strategies for preventing motorcycle related injuries. For example, they provide information on how to ensure that your motorcycle is in safe working condition and how to handle your motorcycle in inclement weather or unsafe road conditions. There is also information on the correct way to carry a passenger and how to identify an unsafe helmet. There are many other topics that are covered. A prudent motorcyclist should take the time to review these safety tips before riding on the open road.
There’s a difference in personal injury claims.
Motorcyclists who are injured as a result of another driver’s negligence can bring a personal injury claim just like an occupant of a passenger vehicle. There are, however, important differences between a motorcycle accident and a passenger car accident as it relates to personal injury cases in New York State.
- A motorcyclist is not entitled to no fault insurance coverage for their injuries. An alternative insurance must be used, such as the person’s personal health insurance.
- Unlike a person injured in a passenger vehicle, there is no need to prove that the motorcyclist sustained a “serious injury” in order to receive compensation for their injuries.
The Multerer Law Firm is experienced in motorcycle law.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident it is important that you retain an attorney who is familiar with motorcycle law. The Multerer Law Firm is experienced in motorcycle law and has handled numerous cases successfully, resulting in substantial settlements for our clients. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Buffalo, the Multerer Law Firm, for a free consultation.