Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Devastating Injuries
Motorcycle accidents cause more severe injuries than car accidents. Despite improved safety features, motorcycles do not offer the protection other enclosed vehicles have. With all of the safety laws and cutting-edge technology to make today’s vehicles safer, riding a motorcycle will always carry a higher risk.
A large part of that risk is due to many drivers do not take the proper time and care to look for motorcycles as they are driving. Motorcycles are more difficult to see due to their narrow profile. It is the responsibility of all drivers to ensure that they have full awareness of the vehicles around them, including motorcycles.
At the Law Office of Stern and Stern, we have extensive experience in representing severely injured motorcyclists. With offices in Freeport, Long Island, we have been representing clients in the surrounding areas for over 25 years.
Motorcycle Accidents are Often Fatal
According to Federal Government reports, in 2016, the total number of deaths related to motorcycle accidents was 28 times greater than car accidents. In 2017, in the United States, 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in crashes.
It is common for motorcycle accidents to include severe injuries. Common injuries include Traumatic Brain Injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and even crushed limbs leading to amputation.
Significant causes of Motorcycle Accidents include:
Vehicles running through a red light or a stop sign
Vehicles that make wrong turns at an intersection
Lane-Splitting, or weaving in and out of traffic and riding between lanes of traffic
Speed is a factor in many motorcycle accidents. Many new motorcycles have larger and stronger engines allowing them to move much faster. Motorcycles are also more agile than other vehicles and can turn and change lanes extremely fast, often without enough time for other drivers to react.
Negligence and Substantial Factor
Negligence is a factor in all personal injury cases. For there to be a case, an accident must be the result of another person’s negligence. Negligence is when a person fails to act in a manner consistent with how a reasonable person would act in a similar circumstance.
Another aspect of personal injury is “proximate cause,” or “substantial factor.” The question is if a person acted negligently, was that negligence a substantial factor in the injuries. Investigators and juries will also want to know if the injured party was also acting negligently. Driving a motorcycle at high speeds and weaving through traffic are not safe actions.
New York law requires motorcyclists to wear helmets and have proper front and rear lamps. If a motorcyclist fails to adhere to these requirements, a defendant may argue that a victim was responsible for negligently causing his or her injuries.
However, New York follows a pure comparative fault scheme of liability. Comparative fault means that even if a victim was negligent, he or she could recover damages from another negligent party. Compensation is in proportion to each party’s degree of fault.
Contact the Law Offices of Stern and Stern
The Law Office of Stern and Stern represents victims of motorcycle collisions. They will fight, so you receive the financial resources you need to recover from your injuries without worrying about how you will be able to take care of your family. If you have questions regarding your motorcycle accident, contact our office at 516-634-0345.
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