A recent article published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that driver conspicuity - or visibility - attributes to motorcycle accidents and personal injuries. The study investigated 463 cases relating to motorcycle drivers involved in crashes that led to hospitalization or death. Additionally, more than 1200 motorcycle drivers were randomly selected and surveyed. The study aimed to estimate the risk of motorcycle crash injuries or deaths as it relates to conspicuity measures such as reflective or fluorescent clothing, helmet color, and headlight operation, among other factors. Not surprisingly, results showed a direct correlation with the conspicuity of the motorcyclist and the risk of injury or death.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a New York motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, contact a seasoned Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer right away.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In a society full of so many distractions - radios, cell phones, etc. - many car and truck drivers are inattentive on the roads. This increases the possibility of a collision with a motorcyclist. Unlike a car or truck - wherein a driver and his or her passengers are protected by the vehicle's frame, seat belt, and even airbags upon impact - a rider and/or passenger on a motorcycle has no protection. Indeed, he or she can easily be ejected from the bike resulting in serious injury or even death.
More than 10 percent of all roadway accidents in America involve a motorcycle. It is no surprise that head injuries are the leading cause of death in these types of crashes. Indeed, motorcyclists who fail to wear a helmet are 40 times more likely to die than those who do. Research shows that the protection of a helmet reduces the likelihood of death by 37 percent.
Causes of a motorcycle accident include:
- Inexperienced motorists
- Driving under the influence
- Not seeing a motorcyclist (blind spot, glare, etc.)
- Lack of use of turning signals
- Poor weather conditions
- Speeding; and
- Driving between lanes (known as "lane splitting").
Motorcycle accidents can not only cause serious injuries but, unfortunately, also can result in multiple deaths. Don't hesitate to reach out to a legal advocate if you need assistance after a wreck.
Long Island Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Do not try to navigate this difficult time alone. Medical bills, lost wages and property damage are all aspects of an accident that cause compounded stress and suffering. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark E. Weinberger will fight to seek damages you or your loved one deserves. Schedule your motorcycle accident consultation today or call (516) 441-0282.