On July 26, 2020, a 42-year-old woman from Allentown, Pennsylvania perished in a motorcycle accident in Holliswood. Tineisha Howard, the victim, was driving a 2019 Kawasaki ZX6R when she lost control of the vehicle. She was travelling on Francis Lewis Boulevard southbound.
Motorcycle Accident Fatalities in New York
Each year, thousands of motorcyclists are killed in fatal motorcycle accidents. In 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
In 2017, 136 riders died on the roads of New York. In addition to the deaths, every year thousands of motorcyclists are injured in collisions and accidents.
There are numerous causes of motorcycle accidents. Human error and poor driving decisions contribute to numerous motorcycle accidents. The following are examples of driving behaviours that contribute to the occurrence of motorcycle accidents in New York:
- Inattentional driving
- Unseasoned riders and drivers
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is illegal
- Exceedingly high speeds and careless driving
- Drowsy driving
- Tailgating or excessively close following
- Merging and lane-changing errors
- Impatient driving and road rage
- Lack of yielding the right-of-way
- Contravention of traffic laws
In addition to driving mistakes and carelessness, additional factors can contribute to a motorcycle accident. Poor weather conditions and road hazards are frequent causes of collisions. Additionally, defective motorcycle tyres and parts can cause fatal motorcycle accidents.
The first step in recovering compensation for injuries and losses is establishing the cause of the motorcycle accident. Only the party responsible for causing an accident or injury can be held liable for the victim’s damages under New York’s personal injury laws.
Therefore, it may be beneficial to consult with a motorcycle accident attorney. A lawyer can investigate the motorcycle accident to determine who was at fault and collect evidence to establish liability.
An accident investigation can be time-consuming and expensive. A seasoned law firm has the resources, time, and expertise to investigate a complex accident. If you allow an attorney to handle your claim, you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
Common Motorcycle Injuries and Damages
Motorcycles offer little protection in traffic collisions. The state mandates that motorcyclists wear helmets, but helmets do not prevent all motorcycle injuries.
Some of the most common motorcycle-related injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- fractures and bone breakage
- scarring and wounding
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Amputated limbs
- Facial injuries
- Ankle, elbow, and joint injuries
- Chest injuries and damage to internal organs
- Head injuries and fractures of the skull
When a rider is injured, he or she may incur significant financial losses due to medical expenses and lost wages. If the rider sustains a permanent impairment or disability, he or she may require ongoing medical and personal care. The rider’s inability to return to work could result in a lifetime of lost wages.
In addition to economic losses, a motorcyclist may experience physical and emotional pain and suffering following an accident. In addition to loss of quality of life, scarring, disfigurement, disabilities, and mental anguish can constitute noneconomic damages.
Obtaining just compensation for your damages can be challenging. Insurance companies tend to undervalue motorcycle accident claims. They frequently assign fault to the motorcyclists to avoid paying the full amount of the claim.
However, there are steps you can take after a motorcycle accident to protect your legal rights.
Steps to Take After a New York City Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, you can take the following steps to protect your legal rights:
- Call 911 to report the motorcycle crash and for assistance.
- Do not discuss the accident with witnesses at the scene of the accident.
- Take pictures and record a video of the accident scene.
- Obtain the names and contact details of eyewitnesses.
- Seek medical attention immediately and adhere to your doctor’s treatment plan.
- Do not post information on social media about your accident or injuries.
- Refrain from using social media or posting information online until your accident claim has been resolved.
- Before providing statements or signing documents for the insurance company, consult with a motorcycle accident attorney.
- Before accepting a settlement offer or signing a settlement agreement, you should consult a lawyer.
- Immediately contact a motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Your actions following a motorcycle accident can either help or hurt your case. If you have questions about a motorcycle accident claim, you should consult an attorney before proceeding.
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