Motorcyclists and Speed: A Dangerous Combination; New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Driving fast leads to tragedy for many New York motorcyclists.
In August, a 21-year old Oakfield, NY, motorcycle rider was killed when attempting to pass a van turning left. His motorcycle crashed into the van and he was ejected from his bike. A 49-year old Weedsport motorcyclist died in June when he went off the shoulder on Putnam Road and hit a utility pole. In Clinton, a 25-year old biker was killed in May when he rode off the shoulder of Oneida County Road into a ditch. These three tragic New York motorcycle accidents have something in common – the reports indicate each of these motorcyclists was driving at a high rate of speed.
Speeding is a major factor in many New York motorcycle accidents. According to statistics from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 854 speed-related motorcycle accidents in 2008. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2008, motorcycle drivers were speeding in 35% of fatal motorcycle accidents. The NHTSA statistics only takes into account speed-related motorcycle crashes in which the driver was charged with speeding or a police officer indicated speeding was a factor.
Offering virtually no physical protection, motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than other vehicles. When motorcyclists speed, the potential danger increases. Maintaining bike control becomes more difficult at high speeds, especially for an inexperienced driver. Even when a helmet is worn, a high-speed collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle or stationary object can cause life-threatening injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Sometimes New York motorcyclists are injured in collisions with another vehicle that is speeding. A fast moving car or truck can cause devastating damage and injury to a motorcyclist. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in high-speed New York motorcycle accident, a New York motorcycle accident attorney can review your case. Our skilled New York biker lawyers have the experience necessary to handle New York motorcycle crash cases. We help motorcycle accident victims all over New York including Brooklyn, Queens, Rochester, Albany, and New York City. Call us at 1-800-4-BIKERS today.
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