Motorcycle accidents are often deadly or result in permanent disabilities. Mainly because of the lack of safety measures and foolproof protective equipment, motorcycle accidents are 35 times more deadly than any other kind of traffic accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of today’s motorcycle accidents throughout New York occur on highways and are the result of inattentive drivers and speeding motor vehicles including cars and trucks. Not wearing safety helmets contributes to the degree of severity of injuries received by motorcyclists. The NHTSA also estimates that safety helmets can reduce the chance of a fatality by 37%. While most New York motorcycle enthusiasts are well aware of the threat riding a motorcycle without a helmet poses, many still refuse to wear them and increase their risk of serious personal injuries.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
There were more than 5,000 motorcycle accidents in New York in 2011. An estimated 130-200 motorcycle deaths occur every year in New York. Motorcycle accidents occur in many different ways with many variables unique to each accident. However, similarities between motorcycle and automobile crashes are too blatant to ignore. Fast speeds, violent collisions, and, more often than not, inattentive or distracted motorists all play their role in typical motorcycle accidents. The majority of motorcycle accidents happen on highways with more than half of them involving other motor vehicles.
One of the main reasons motorcycle traffic accidents throughout New York, including Albany occur is aggressive driving. Failure to yield right of way or operating a motorcycle at unsafe speeds round up the top three reasons for the high rate of motorcycle accidents in New York.
Common reasons for motorcycle accidents throughout New York include:
- Rear-end Collisions
- Limited Visibility Accidents
- Traffic Collisions
- Loss of Motorcycle Control
- Aggressive Driving
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the NHTSA, there were 4,550 non-fatal motorcycle crashes in New York and 168 motorcycle accidents that involved fatalities in 2011. While most of the injuries in non-fatal crashes were minor to moderate, there were still more than 1,000 incidents where people riding motorcycles were seriously injured and needed emergency medical care.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) often occurs in motorcycle accidents where the chauffeur of the motor bike was not wearing a helmet. Helmets can help reduce fatalities and serious brain injuries like concussions, head trauma, and TBIs by more than 37%. Motorcyclists are also frequently thrown off their vehicle after impact due to lack of safety harnesses on motorcycles. This may cause a myriad of injuries including road rash, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries.
The most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken/Fractured Bones
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Road Rash/Burn
- Internal Injuries
Getting Legal Help
Motorcycle accidents can result in very serious consequences including permanent disabilities and substantial loss of income. You with all the legal options available to you from seeking justice can receive compensation for your injuries.