In 2012 there were thousands of motorcycle accidents throughout the state of New York. Albany is the capital of New York and the city proper is home to around 100,000 New Yorkers. The number of Albany motorcyclists getting involved in accidents each year is concerning. However, drivers can help start lowering the number of accidents by understanding the most common causes of motorcycle crashes.
Some drivers who make left hand turns at busy intersections routinely do not see motorcyclists and wind up causing accidents. Before making a turn in an intersection, a car driver should be sure that there is no traffic coming into the intersection of any kind. A motorcycle has just as much right to expect safe passage through an intersection as a motor vehicle driver.
Just like all motorists, motorcycle drivers are capable of causing motor vehicle accidents. Motorcyclists who speed, drive on the shoulder of the road, or try to weave in and out of traffic when traffic is stopped are breaking the law. Motorcyclists should have the same respect for others that you would expect from a car driver.
Bad road conditions can be a challenge even for the most experienced motorcycle driver. When motorcyclists do not pay attention to road conditions, they will often make maneuvers that result in painful accidents. Motorcyclists should take great care when the weather is bad and take a course on driving in bad weather to sharpen their skills.
A motorcycle needs to be properly maintained to be safe on the road. When the chain on a motorcycle breaks or the clutch does not work properly, the driver is often unable to gain control of the motorcycle in time to prevent an accident. Every motorcycle owner should have routine maintenance done by an expert mechanic to make sure their bikes are always road worthy.
Our firm has experienced lawyers who can represent you after a motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident attorneys at William Mattar can gather the facts and make sure that your rights are preserved at every step of the way. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to give us a call and let us help you get maximum compensation.