Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys New York; Distracted Drivers a Hazard to Motorcyclists
With distracted driving becoming one of the leading causes of motorcycle and other motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is supporting the national effort to end distracted driving. This past April, the MSF endorsed National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, by encouraging all drivers to stop driving while distracted.
To help reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers, the MSF created a list of “10 Things All Car and Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles and Motorcyclists.” The safety tips provided on this list include checking your car’s blind spot for motorcyclists before changing lanes or making turns, allowing extra room for motorcyclists on the road, and avoiding tailgating when driving behind a motorcyclist.
Motorcyclists have good reason to be concerned about distracted driving; while distracted driving is hazardous to all drivers, motorcyclists face a higher risk of injury in an accident. Motorcycles lack physical protection to protect against injury, and even under ideal driving conditions, motorcyclists are less visible to other drivers. A driver who is busy texting or talking on the phone is much less likely to be aware of motorcyclists on the road. Injuries motorcyclists may suffer in an accident with a distracted driver include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck injuries
- Broken or severed limbs
- Road rash, including severe burns and abrasions
Texting while driving continues to be a growing problem. Earlier this year in Oswego, New York, an 18-year old girl injured a motorcyclist in a distracted driving accident. The teen, reportedly distracted by a text message, went left of center and hit the New York motorcyclist. The New York motorcyclist suffered injuries after being thrown from his bike. The increase in accidents due to texting has resulted in bans on texting while driving in 34 states according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Unfortunately, these bans are often difficult to enforce, particularly in states where texting while driving is a secondary offense.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a New York motorcycle accident caused by a distracted driver, recovering damages will help by lessening the financial burden of expensive medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, long-term care costs, and loss of income. Our New York motorcycle accident attorneys specialize in helping clients receive compensation for all types of motorcycle injuries. We are dedicated New York motorcycle accident attorneys who are committed to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims. Our lawyers will provide you with a FREE EVALUATION of your motorcycle accident case. Contact our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at 1-800-4-BIKERS.