The economy has made fuel-efficient vehicles more popular than ever before, and motorcycles are no exception. Not only has there been a resurgence of recreational riders but motorcycles and scooters are now a commonly-accepted form of fuel-efficient transportation. The increased number of motorcycle riders has lead to more motorcycle accidents, incidents that can transform – or end – the lives of their victims, and their families.
The statistics surrounding motorcycle accidents are sobering: a motorcycle operator is up to six times more likely to die in an accident than the driver of an enclosed vehicle. This is due to the dangers an unprotected rider faces on a motorcycle – the danger of falling off the vehicle and being crushed or hitting the pavement; increased vulnerability to flames and debris, and a frail human form that is not equipped to sustain impact with a huge vehicle. In addition, the speed and maneuverability of a motorcycle can increase the risk of a high-speed, high-impact crash, often with gruesome results ranging from broken or crushed limbs to disfigurement, burns, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, or death.
User error, either by accident or caused by distracted driving, poor training, or drug or alcohol use, can certainly contribute to motorcycle accidents in New York. But many car-on-motorcycle events occur because car drivers simply do not understand how to share the road with their counterparts on motorcycles. A one-second distraction could endanger the life of a motorcycle rider – and barely impact a car or its driver at all. Motorcycle operators who are injured due to the negligence or fault of another usually can file a lawsuit in civil court and seek damages for the medical bills, pain and suffering, and work-related costs of their motorcycle injury.
Conspicuous means the ability to be seen. In conspicuity is often reported as a cause of motorcycle accidents. Car drivers claim they never saw the motorcycle. If you have been injured on a motorcycle, be seen, and be heard by hiring an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney who knows how to fight for your rights.
Motorcycle accident litigation can be quite complex, and it is recommended that victims find a competent and reputable motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after their injury. The Law Office of Todd J. Krouner has devoted its entire legal practice to the representation of personal injury victims, including those hurt on motorcycles. Please contact us at (914) 238-5800 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free case consultation and more information on our reliable, results-oriented approach to personal injury law.