Riding a motorcycle in Manhattan County, New York can be an efficient mode of transportation. However, the risk of suffering a severe injury in a motorcycle accident increases exponentially when navigating through streets and avenues choked with pedestrians, taxis, trucks, bicyclists, and tour buses. A motorcycle rider must be vigilant at all times and anticipate danger coming around every corner. Even the most cautious, experienced motorcycle riders will find themselves teetering on the edge of catastrophe when riding through Manhattan County, New York.
Manhattan County Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Recently published statistics demonstrate the omnipresent dangers of riding a motorcycle in Manhattan County and the entire state. In 2016, 134 motorcyclists died in crashes throughout the state. Nine out of those 134 killed did not wear a helmet while riding. However, in 2017, specifically in Manhattan County, four motorcycle riders died in collisions. The average death rate formotorcycle riders in Manhattan County is three per year.
Incidents of motorcycle crashes involving injuries that require hospitalization are much higher than fatal crashes. Across Manhattan State, 4,342 riders suffered varying degrees of injury. In Manhattan County, the average number of motorcycle riders who require a prolonged hospital stay after an accident is 61 per year. However, 227 riders need emergency medical treatment at a hospital annually for treatment related to a Manhattan County motorbike accident.
On their face, the figures do not seem to be alarming. However, in view in the proper context, the numbers are significant because of the volume of motorcycle riders in disproportionately lower than other modes of transportation in Manhattan County. A study of the modes of transportation for commuters in Manhattan City revealed that only 0.1% of all commuters ride motorcycles to work. The national average is 0.2%. By contrast, 56% of commuters take public transportation, 27% drive a vehicle, 10% walk, 1% uses a bicycle, and 5.9% use other modes of transportation.
The Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The design of motorcycles does not allow for the protection of a rider involved in an accident. Motorcycle riders must rely on their skill and experience and avoid collisions. Collision avoidance is a rider’s only safety mechanism. Wearing appropriate clothing and a helmet may reduce the potential severity of some injuries in a crash but cannot eliminate them.
Parker Waichman LLP’s Manhattan County motorcycle accident lawyers have extensive experience handling injury claims such as:
- Wrongful death,
- Amputation or loss of bodily function,
- Traumatic brain injury,
- Broken bones and fractures,
- Dislocated limbs,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Paralysis, and
- Road injuries such as lacerations and contusions.
Motorcycle riders are at an elevated risk of injury because of the nature of motorcycle crashes. The rider can suffer an injury upon initial impact with a vehicle, for example. Then falling to the ground can cause more extensive injuries or cause additional injuries. For example, a car could strike a rider in a T-bone collision. The impact with the car might shatter the rider’s leg. However, the rider could suffer a traumatic head injury in the crash because the rider’s head struck the ground even though the car did not impact the head initially.
Why Choose Parker Waichman LLP?
Parker Waichman LLP understands how great the losses suffered in a motorcycle accident affect victims and their loved ones. The firm works diligently to relieve the financial burden an accident victim shoulders due to the negligence of another so that the victim and his or her family can move on and put their lives back together.
Parker Waichman LLP has received numerous prestigious awards for their expert legal representation. With over $2 billion recovered for their clients, the firm has demonstrated the success that any accident victim needs to find justice for his or her Manhattan County motorcycle accident.
Protect Your Legal Rights and Call Parker Waichman LLP
The Manhattan County motorcycle collision lawyers are ready to assist you and your family with your motorcycle accident claim in Manhattan County, New York. Contact Parker Waichman LLP today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for a free, no obligation consultation. Time is short, and any delay could irreparably harm your claim.
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