According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roadways in 2018. Motorcycle collisions may be complicated events and every collision is unique. However, one common factor across motorcycle collisions is the risk of injury to the motorcyclist. Over 80 percent of reported crashes result in either death or injury to the motorcyclist.
Motorcycles lack the kind of protection that occupants of other passenger vehicles enjoy, and motorcycle-related deaths may be caused by impacts, sudden stops, ejection from the motorcycle, or being crushed by other vehicles on the road. If you were involved in a motorcycle crash in Brookhaven, New York, a motorcycle accident lawyer servicing Brookhaven can help. Contact the team from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900 for a free evaluation to learn about the legal aspects of motorcycle collision and personal injury cases.
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Understanding Motorcycle Collisions
Motorcycles are categorized into three broad groups:
- Lightweight bikes are entry-level or beginner bikes that have an engine size of up to 500 ccs.
- Middleweight bikes can be used for racing and are designed to provide more engine power. They have engine sizes of between 600 and 750 ccs.
- Superbikes are designed for use in racing and they typically have an engine size of 1000 ccs or more.
Sports motorbikes may be more dangerous than ordinary cruising motorbikes. Engine power and speed correlate positively with injury severity, as do improper licensing and a lack of safety gear. However, many motorcycle crashes are caused by the actions of other road users.
Negligent road users who cause collisions usually shoulder some of, if not all of the liability for the losses that victims are made to suffer in the collision. These losses include emotional trauma, pain and suffering, lost income, and medical treatment expenses. Depending on how your collision was caused, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages.
Injuries you may be able to seek compensation for include:
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord damage
- Nerve and soft tissue damage
- Broken or fractured bones
- Lacerations and road rash
Compensation for the fatality of a lost one and a loss of support can also be included in case of a wrongful death, as can lost income, diminished earning potential, and care, treatment, rehabilitation, and therapy expenses.
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Causes of Motorcycle Collisions
Driver inattention and poor decisions are common causes of motorcycle crashes. Also, because motorcycles are small relative to the size of other vehicles on the road, they can be hard to see. This may lead to blindspot and no-zone collisions. Other potential causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Not yielding before taking a turn
- Cutting off a motorcycle
- Following a motorcycle too closely
- Reckless, aggressive, or unpredictable driving
- Not giving a motorcyclist a full lane
- Inclement weather and poor visibility
- Slippery, uneven, or cracked roads
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving under the influence
- Running a red light or a stop sign
- Unclear or misplaced traffic control devices or signs
- Driver inexperience
Motorcycle Accident Liability
Depending on how a motorcycle crash occurs, several different parties may be accountable for some or all of the victim’s injuries and damages. In some cases, drivers of other vehicles are identified as an at-fault party in a motorcycle collision claim. Parties that may be responsible for an incident, include:
- A trucking company guilty of poor hiring practices, inadequate driver training, poor truck maintenance, or improper load securing.
- A government office or local municipality that neglected to perform important road repairs. If a motorcycle rider has an accident because of road damage, such offices may be at-fault.
- For crashes involving alcohol consumption, anyone who sells, services, or provides alcoholic drinks to someone underage or already intoxicated may be held liable for any crashes that result.
- A parts manufacturer. In some cases, a defective motorcycle part may lead to an incident, in which case a product liability claim may be filed against a manufacturer for defective design issues, substandard product quality, or misleading quality.
A motorcycle accident lawyer serving Brookhaven can help you determine whether or not you have grounds for a personal injury claim case based on the factors that caused or contributed to your motorcycle crash. Call the team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900 for a free consultation.
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How Our Team Can Help
There are some things you can do to lower your chances of being in a crash. Proper licensing and training are mandatory for all motorcycle riders, as is knowledge of safe riding rules and regulations. Never drive in dangerous weather, and never drive rashly, recklessly, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Even if you are taking every possible precautionary measure, you may still be struck by a vehicle and suffer injuries through no fault of your own. If this happens, a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Brookhaven can offer assistance with:
- Identifying the at-fault parties responsible for the crash
- Obtaining evidence in support of your claim, such as traffic surveillance footage, dashcam footage, police reports, and eyewitness statements
- Evaluating your damages and calculating losses such as lost income or an inability to work
- Evaluating any noneconomic damages you suffered, including pain and suffering, emotional trauma, or mental stress and anguish
- Helping you file a claim Negotiating with insurance agents on your behalf
Statutes of limitations define the window during which you must file a claim for damages, and these differ by state. According to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally three years. However, there might be exceptions, such as suing a municipality, that could shorten the deadline.
Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900 for a free case evaluation to help after your motorcycle collision. Our team can assist clients in Spanish as well.