Even with helmets and proper equipment, motorcyclists are at a disproportionately higher rate of death or serious injury than four-wheeled drivers. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, motorcyclists only accounted for two percent of registered vehicles in New York City from 2010 to 2014 yet they were involved in fourteen percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents. New York City’s rate of fatal motorcycle accidents is nearly twice that of New York State. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another on the road, you may be eligible for compensation and Singh & Rani LLP is here to help.
What are some common causes and damages resultingfrom motorcycle accidents?
Causes of motorcycle accidents include head-on collisions (with another vehicle, lamppost, street sign, curb), failure to yield or adhere to speed limits, driving under the influence, road defects, harsh weather conditions, and issues with the motorcycle itself (product liability and malfunction involving the brakes, accelerators, tires, fuel systems). After an accident, motorcyclists can be left with injuries including skin abrasions(road rash), bone fractures, damaged limbs, and brain or spinal cord damage which can result in temporary or permanent paralysis or disability, if not death. Additionally, victims may experience emotional costs such as distress, mental anguish, PTSD, as well as face high financial costs from medical bills, physical therapy, and long-term rehabilitation.