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Long Island Motorcycle Accidents

Long Island Motorcycle Accidents

» Long Island Accident Personal Injury » Long Island Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders face a much greater risk of being injured or killed in an accident than drivers or passengers in other types of vehicles. According to the Federal Highway Administration, though motorcycles account for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled, they account for 15 percent of total vehicle-related fatalities. Motorcyclist fatalities increased from 4,612 in 2011 to 4,957 in 2012; and injuries also increased from 81,000 in 2011 to 93,000 in 2012.

Per vehicle mile traveled in 2012, motorcyclists were more than 26 times likely than passenger car occupants to die in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 5 times more likely to be injured.

These trends accompany an increase in motorcycle ownership, particularly by riders over 40, and a recent study by Brown University researchers indicates that motorcycle riders over 60 were two-and-a-half times more likely than riders in their 20s and 30s to require emergency room care if they are injured in a accident.

A motorcycle accident is more likely than a car accident to result in serious injury or death. Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars. They have only two wheels, which makes them less stable than four-wheel vehicles. A motorcycle does not afford the protection of enclosing the rider in a reinforced metal box and motorcycles do not have seat belts or air bags. In a crash, a motorcycle rider can be thrown from the bike, possibly into oncoming traffic. A motorcycle helmet offers some protection and statistics show riders who do not wear helmets are more likely to die in an accident.

 

A motorcycle rider faces unique hazards on the road. A motorcycle is more easily hidden from view by other objects on the road; cars are less likely to see them. Debris or objects on the road, uneven pavement, and a wet road-conditions that usually have little effect on a car-could cause a motorcycle to crash. Sport and supersport motorcycles, which are light and more powerful, can encourage speeding, fast accelerating, and other high-risk behavior, safety experts say.

This type of vehical accident that does not kill the rider can leave him or her with catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Head injury/traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury/ paralysis
  • Lost limbs
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Broken bones/fractures

Recovering from these types of injuries can be a long, slow process and some survivors of motorcycle accidents are unable to work again and may need lifelong care. The attorneys at Parker Waichman's Long Island office are dedicated to helping accident victims obtain the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. They work tirelessly to help clients obtain the best medical care, recoup lost wages, and obtain the maximum possible compensation.

Our personal injury firm at Parker Waichman LLP services Nassau and Suffolk county as well as the entire State of New York. Call today for a free case consultation.

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