Motorcycle Accidents


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Motorcycle accidents are 15 times more likely to result in a fatality than auto accidents. Furthermore, of the 4,855 motorcycle accidents reported in 2011 in New York, none resulted in the death of the automobile driver or passenger, while 171 led to the death of the motorcycle driver and/or passenger.

A majority of the motorcycle accidents reported in New York resulted in injury, meaning that a large portion of the accidents involved injury to more than just the driver, but also passengers on the bikes. What causes this extreme disparity?

To put it simply, motorcycles fail to offer both physical protections to their rider and visibility of their surroundings because of their small size. For these reasons, motorcycle accidents can be some of the most devastating types of accidents to occur on the streets of New York.

The catastrophic injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident can leave you with mental, physical, and emotional distress, not to mention costly medical bills. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, contact Greenberg & Stein, P.C. today to speak with a skilled New York City personal injury attorney.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by reckless or distracted driving, either on the part of the automobile driver or the motorcycle rider. Unsafe speeds, the failure to yield the right of way, and distracted drivers are the most common behaviors that lead to accidents involving motorcycles.

Because of these risks, the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are also some of the most serious injuries. These include, but are not limited to:

Can I still receive damages if I wasn’t wearing a helmet? It’s a tricky question. Get more information on the subject by reading our article on the topic.

What Should I Do After an NYC Motorcycle Accident?

Everyone who rides a motorcycle prefers not to think about the day they might get involved in an accident. Yet the highly increased likelihood that you could crash or get hit means that you not only need to take precautions but also know what to do after you are involved in a motorcycle accident.

It’s natural to be in shock following any type of accident, much less a motorcycle accident. It’s not always reasonable to expect that you will be in the right frame of mind immediately after a crash or collision. However, here are the steps you need to remind yourself of in the event of a collision:

  1. First, make sure that you are okay and out of harm’s way. Do what you can to get to the side of the road and wait for emergency responders.
  2. Do not remove your helmet or bike gear. It’s important to keep your neck and spine stabilized until a medic can confirm you don’t have any serious injuries.
  3. Call 911 to inform emergency responders about the accident.
  4. Seek medical attention even if you feel and think you are okay. Some traumatic injuries, like head injuries, don’t immediately produce symptoms. Motorcycle crashes are often deadly or catastrophic, so it’s important to get yourself checked out by a medical professional.
  5. Stay calm and know that help is on your way. It’s easy to panic after experiencing a motorcycle accident. If you are injured, you may worry about how you are going to cover medical expenses. 

Thankfully, Help Is on Your Side!

While there is crossover between general automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents, there are differences, as well. A skilled and experienced attorney that has a history with motorcycle accidents can fight on your behalf to secure compensation for medical bills, doctor visits, surgeries, and other damages related to the accident. Ultimately, speaking to a law firm that has experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents can make all the difference in your pursuit of justice. 

When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, remember that you should never admit fault to anyone, even if you believe you might have been in the wrong. Be sure to contact a motorcycle accident attorney as quickly as possible. Greenberg & Stein is committed to protecting and representing bikers injured in motorcycle accidents. We’ll discuss the details of your case, fight for fair compensation, and represent you against insurance companies.

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