Choosing to ride your motorcycle along the winding roads of upstate New York or commuting to your Buffalo job downtown can be both fun and a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. But drivers on bikes can be more vulnerable to serious accidents when on the road, especially when a car or larger truck is involved in the collision. Although New York has strict helmet laws, and although motorcycle safety technology is improving, there are still risks.
“Roll through” stops at a stop sign and drivers running a yellow light can be causes of motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, a responsible motorcycle driver can be seriously injured, even when a car driver runs a stop sign at a slower speed. To avoid getting injured in one these cases, drive defensively and use caution.
Traveling on a multi-lane road can sometimes increase your chance of being involved in a motorcycle accident. Cars can change lanes suddenly, without signaling or checking their blind spot – and if that’s where your bike is, you can be in trouble.
Drivers may be distracted and not see motorcyclists. It is sometimes more difficult for drivers to gauge the speed of motorcyclists than other cars, and distractions while driving may increase the danger of a collision. If someone in a car is on their phone, eating, or putting on make-up, he or she may not see a motorcyclist until it’s too late.
Motorcycle drivers stand a higher risk of injury or death in an auto accident than those in cars or trucks. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the other driver’s insurance company. Healing after an accident takes time, and you may miss time from work as a result. In these cases, you’re entitled to lost wages, as well.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you settle your claim with the other driver’s insurance company. The Law Offices at William Mattar can help you after you’ve been struck while riding your bike. Don’t negotiate with the insurance company alone – trust our experience and knowledge to take your side.