New York State has some beautiful spring, summer and autumn days in which to enjoy cruising around on a motorcycle. However, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury and death due to the vehicle’s lack of protection. The latest New York DMV statistics from 2012 reveal that there were 5,052 total non-fatal motorcycle accidents causing personal injury, 154 deaths of motorcycle operators and 1 motorcycle passenger death.
Motorcycles are often involved in accidents with other types of motor vehicles because motorcycles are difficult to see, are easily lost in the ‘blind spot’ of rearview mirrors, are hit when cars quickly switch lanes, are followed too closely, or are hit when vehicles run red lights. There is also the danger of malfunction due to product defects such as tires blowing out, brakes failing, or other defective events that lead to motorcycle accidents.
Because motorcyclists are only protected by helmets and the clothes they’re wearing, they can sustain major injuries or death when involved in accidents, even if speeds are not high. Brain injuries are extremely common in motorcycle crash victims, often requiring the assistance of a traumatic brain injury attorney New York to help gain compensation from negligent drivers or part manufacturers. However, a personal injury attorney from our firm can also assist you with gaining damages if you’ve suffered motorcycle related spinal cord injuries, broken bones, disfigurement, or other injuries requiring medical attention or rehab. One of our auto accident lawyers NYC can make a big monetary difference if you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident.