A motorcyclist, 52 years old, travelling north on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg collided with a Volkswagen Jetta. On Flushing Avenue, the Volkswagen Jetta was travelling westbound. The collision occurred around 7:30 p.m. on August 21, 2020.
Head and Body Trauma are Common in Motorcycle Accidents
The report does not specify whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet during the collision. Under New York law, all motorcyclists must wear a helmet while riding in the state.
It has been demonstrated that wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the risk of death and injury in the event of a collision. The CDC reports that wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the risk of death by 37%. A motorcycle helmet reduces the likelihood of head injury by 69%.
Even when a helmet is worn, head and body injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. The rider’s body bears the brunt of the impact because the motorcycle lacks the protection of a car’s frame during a collision. Frequently, the rider is ejected from the motorcycle or crushed between or beneath another vehicle.
Typical motorbike injuries include:
- Skull fractures
- Trauma to the brain
- Facial injuries
- Chest wounds
- Injury to the internal organs
- Fractures and fractures
- Spinal cord and back injuries
Frequently, motorcyclists are transported to the hospital with life-threatening or severe injuries. Due to motorcycle accidents, numerous riders sustain life-threatening injuries or permanent disabilities.
Who is Responsible for Damages in a Motorcycle Accident?
Generally, the person who causes the collision is responsible for the resulting damages. In the preceding account, the motorcyclist allegedly caused the collision. If this is the case, the motorcyclist would be liable for any damages sustained by other accident victims.
Damages sustained in a motorcycle collision may include:
- Medical expenses and costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- Personal care costs
- Physical suffering and pain
- Psychological and emotional distress
- Decreased quality of life
- Conditions that cause scarring, disfigurement, and disability
- Future damages for ongoing care and loss of earning potential
If a motorcyclist causes a traffic collision, the other victims may file claims against the motorcyclist’s insurance policy. They may also file a lawsuit against the rider for personal injury.
However, the rider’s liability insurance does not cover the rider’s damages resulting from the motorcycle accident. If the motorcyclist lacks no-fault insurance coverage, such as PIP or MEDPay, the rider is responsible for all of the rider’s accident-related financial losses.
Motorcyclists and other drivers may wish to purchase private disability insurance and other types of insurance coverage. If the person causes a traffic accident that results in injuries, they have insurance coverage to help pay for some of the resulting expenses.
Get Legal Advice Before Accepting Blame for a Motorcycle Accident
It is common for accident victims to accuse one another of causing a collision. No one desires an increase in their insurance premiums or to be sued for damages caused by a car accident. Therefore, they each blame the other for the collision.
Some insurance companies blame accident victims to avoid paying claims. If the insurance company can attribute at least a portion of fault to the other driver, it can save money by undervaluing the claim.
Insurance companies and other motorists may target motorcyclists with ease. The stereotypes of motorcyclists portray them as reckless and dangerous. An insurance company may attempt to capitalise on this false stereotype.
Therefore, motorcyclists should never accept responsibility for an accident before consulting with a motorcycle accident attorney. The rider cannot definitively determine if he contributed to the cause of the accident until the investigation has been completed. Even after completing the accident investigation, the police may reach the incorrect conclusion.
A motorcycle accident attorney conducts an independent investigation to determine how and who caused the collision. Before speaking with an insurance claims adjuster or admitting fault for a collision, you should consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney about your legal rights.
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