Are you one of the many motorcycle enthusiasts who ride in New York? If so, then you hopefully are among those who check their bike before every ride and keep it well-maintained, including making timely repairs as needed. These good habits can help you avoid a breakdown or collision on the road. Most motorcycle accidents occur because of several issues.
If you travel above the posted speed limit, you are greatly increasing your risk for collision, as well as breaking the law. However, even if you’re a safe rider, another motorist who speeds could cause a collision that results in serious, even life-threatening injuries. Always travel at safe speeds and watch out for drivers who don’t.
Additional issues that increase the risk for motorcycle accidents
The following list shows the common causes (in addition to speeding) of motorcycle accidents in New York and throughout the country:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Unsafe lane changes or merges
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Poor road conditions
- Inclement weather
As a motorcyclist — especially tractor-trailer operators, you also must remember that drivers may experience blind spots in their mirrors where you could be fully hidden from view. Staying alert and learning how to position your motorcycle in the lane, as well as distancing yourself from vehicles that are moving erratically, can help improve your safety on the road.
If a motorcycle collision occurs on a New York roadway
Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are fatal. If you survive a collision, you might suffer serious injuries, including brain trauma (even while wearing a helmet) or spinal cord damage. These types of injuries often result in partial or full permanent disability.
If you come away from a motorcycle collision with a permanent disability, you might not be able to work. Such situations often cause severe economic distress. This would be especially concerning if you are the primary breadwinner in your household. State law allows recovering accident victims to seek restitution.
The person responsible for your injuries can be held accountable
If another driver was speeding or intoxicated when the collision occurred that caused your injuries, he or she may be liable for damages. In many cases, motorcycle accidents lead to criminal charges being filed against another driver, especially if alcohol is determined to have been a causal factor.
Informing the court that the defendant in a personal injury claim is also facing charges in a criminal court can help substantiate the injury claim. It’s best to seek guidance and support before suing someone for damages following a motorcycle accident.