When operating any vehicle, there is a chance of an accident. Motorcycle accidents can be more dangerous and cause more severe injuries because the biker is more exposed to conditions. Even the safest driver can be subject to accidents caused by other motorists. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a bike crash, a Long Island motorcycle accident attorney can help.
Demographics Have Changed Over the Years
We see significant changes in who bikes and how the accidents involving motorcycles break down. Studies show that in 1980, the average age of motorcycle owners was 27. These days, the average biker is in their fifties. In 1982, bikers over 50 made up a scant 3% of motorcycle accident fatalities. Today, they made up a third.
More women own motorcycles today than ever. Today, 19% of the motorcycles on the road are piloted by women, a notable increase since 1990 when only 6% of bikers were women. Women constitute fewer fatal accidents, but 92% of the fatalities are when they are passengers.
Preventing Motorcycle Accidents
Ultimately, preventing an accident is the goal. If this is not possible, minimizing damage is critical. Here are a couple of suggestions for avoiding motorcycle wrecks:
Anti-lock braking systems reduce the risk of injury
Wear a helmet
Choose a cruiser instead of a sport bike if safety is a concern
Avoid alcohol and drugs when operating a bike
Bikers can safely do everything within their power to minimize the risks. But there will always be other motorists on the road who do not. If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Long Island to assist you in navigating the claims process.
Reasons for Long Island Motorcycle Accident
Long Island is a beautiful place to enjoy biking. Because of this and other contributing factors, there are more accidents here than in any other part of New York. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Unsafe left turns made by other vehicles can cause a motorist coming in that direction to be the unintentional target of that vehicle.
Drivers who follow too closely can cause injurious or even fatal accidents for motorcyclists.
Driving too fast for the conditions is often a factor.
Splitting traffic lanes is dangerous for all drivers.
Lack of experience can impact response time and knowledge of how to drive defensively to avoid accidents.
Drunk or impaired driving dulls response time.
Distracted driving is prevalent. People often text while driving, leading to crashes.
Poor road conditions and hazardous weather can lead to a dangerous situation for motorcycle riders.
Poorly maintained vehicles are a common hazard.
Gold & Gold can help you receive the compensation you are entitled to. We will gather evidence that proves another party’s liability. We will examine your accident case by reviewing police reports, video and photographic evidence, and eyewitness testimony, and if necessary, we will hire experts to testify on your behalf.
We are Ready to Fight for You
You may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional or psychological distress, physical, rehabilitative, and occupational therapy, and more. Gold & Gold, P.A. understand your rights and are ready to present you with all the options after you have been injured in a crash. Contact us for a free consultation today.