Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Long Island
The Long Island motorcycle attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have decades of experience successfully representing injured victims in accident lawsuits. Our firm offers free, no-obligation legal consultations. Our personal injury attorneys also work on a contingency fee, meaning you only pay lawyers’ fees if we win your case.
Motorcycle accidents are similar to other motor vehicle crashes in some ways. However, there are some unique issues that motorcyclists face compared to regular drivers. Since a motorcyclist is exposed to the open road, injuries can often be very severe. Motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic on Long Island, which has many busy and dangerous roads.
Long Island Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
Motorcycles present a greater risk of injury compared to cars for several reasons. When a riding a motorcycle, there is no barrier between the rider and the road. This is obviously more dangerous that driving a car, in which you are surrounding by the metal body of the car. Additionally, motorcycles weigh much less than cars and only have two wheels. The fact that motorcycles are lighter and less stable means that riders are more prone to accidents and injuries. Additionally, road hazards such as small objects and uneven surfaces affect motorcyclists more than cars and other larger vehicles.
The federal government found that motorcycle accidents were 35 times more likely to cause death compared to car accidents per mile traveled in 2006.
Injuries associated with motorcycle accidents and other motor vehicle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), ranging from mild concussion to cognitive problems
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back injuries such as a herniated disc
- Blunt force trauma to the chest
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
According to a summary of data reported by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were a total of 4,750 motorcycle crashes statewide in 2014. Among these, 142 motorcycle accidents were fatal, 4,055 resulted in non-fatal injuries and 553 resulted in property damage. Motorcycle accidents caused 148 deaths, including 136 drivers (135 were motorcycle operators), 11 motorcycle passengers, and 1 pedestrian.
What Causes Long Island Motorcycle Accidents?
With any vehicle, the risk of an accident is higher when someone is speeding, driving drunk, or engaging in aggressive driving, drowsy driving, and reckless driving. With motorcycles, riders also sometimes deal with other drivers who do not notice them on the road or give them the same privileges.
As previously stated, riding a motorcycle presents inherent risks. Motorcyclists should wear a helmet and drive cautiously to avoid an accident.
Data reported by the NYSDMV also shows “crash contributing factors” for motorcycle crashes. These factors fall into three general categories: human factors, vehicular factors and environmental factors.
Nearly 80 percent of contributing factors fell into the human factors category. According to NYSDMV, some of the following human factors contributed the most to motorcycle accidents in 2014:
- Driver Inattention Distraction (15.4%)
- Driver Inexperience (7.6%)
- Failure to yield right-of-way (17.9%)
- Following too closely (10.3%)
- Improper passing or lane usage (7.6%)
- Reaction to other uninvolved vehicle (7.4%)
- Turning improperly (6.2%)
- Unsafe speed (17.6%)
Other vehicle factors were reported in 3.3 percent of crashes with vehicular factors. In motorcycle accidents with environmental factors, an animals action was reported in 6.6 percent of actions.
Long Island’s Most Deadly Roads: Blood Alley and the Southern State Parkway
Motorcycle operators need to be especially careful in Long Island, particularly on roads known for having a high rate of traffic accidents. The Southern State Parkway, one of the busiest roadways on Long Island, has had numerous crashes throughout the years. The highway is so dangerous that lawmakers introduced a bill to address the traffic risks in 2017. “The long and short of the bill is really saying, ‘Hey look, there are a lot of problems on this road, a lot of activity. Let’s take a look at what’s contributing to that and identify those things that we can correct,'” said Sen. John Brooks, according to Fios1 article published March 2017.
One portion of the Southern State Parkway has seen so many accidents that it has been nicknamed “Blood Alley”. This section stretches 10 miles from Exit 17 in Malverne to Exit 32 in South Farmingdale. Blood Alley is especially dangerous because it has narrow lanes, sudden and sharp turns, short entrance and exit ramps and poor lighting. Speed has also been a factor in these accidents.
Southern State Parkway had 10,500 crashes over a 5-year period, according to a 2016 study conducted by the New York State Department of Transportation. Among these, 3,000 crashes caused injuries and 32 resulted in death.
What to Do If Injured in a Long Island Motorcycle Accident
Our firm has spent decades representing accident victims; we have several recommendations for individuals involved in a motorcycle accident or other vehicle accidents. Your first priority should be seeking medical attention. This is especially important in a motorcycle accident, which has a higher risk of serious injuries. Your medical records will also help later if the insurance company wants proof of your injury.
Document everything about the accident as best you can. This involves taking photos of your injury, as well as the scene of the accident if possible. Obtain statements from eyewitnesses nearby.
In any motor vehicle accident, even the minor ones, you should get the driver’s contact information and their license plate number. Call the police if there is significant damage or injury. If you’re not sure whether the damage is substantial, call the police anyway to be on the safe side.
Avoid apologizing or saying “sorry” following an accident. You may say “sorry” without even thinking about it, but the insurance company can use this to argue that you are at fault for the accident.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for more information about filing a Long Island motorcycle accident lawsuit. You only have a limited amount of time to sue, so we encourage you to call us today.
Filing a Long Island Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
If you or someone you know is interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit involving a motorcycle accident that occurred on Long Island, contact one of our Long Island accident attorneys today. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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