The crowded streets of New York can be a nightmare to navigate in a traditional automobile. For this and many other reasons, it is common to see quite a few people riding motorcycles as their main form of transportation, especially when the weather is nice. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are fairly common, and the riders can end up seriously injured or worse.
What are the main causes of motorcycle collisions? Who can I hold liable for damages? How can I seek compensation?
One of the biggest issues that motorcyclists face is visibility. They are riding on vehicles that are simply harder for other motorists to see. Visual recognition of these vehicles seems particularly bad at intersections. Nearly 70 percent of all motorcycle versus other automobile accidents occur at intersections. Other common causes of motorcycle collisions include:
- Road hazards
- Bike stability issues
- Manufacturing defects
While any driver can experience similar problems when operating a vehicle, these issues tend to affect motorcyclists more.
Figuring out liability
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, victim blaming is pretty common. In fact, two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents occur because another vehicle did not yield when the biker had the right-of-way. However, even if you were partially to blame for your accident, you may still be able to recover some damages.
Figuring out liability all comes down to the accident details. Was another driver involved? If so, what was that individual doing when the crash occurred? Did a mechanical defect cause the crash? Were poor road conditions an issue?
By looking at all the details, both big and small, it is possible to determine who might be responsible for your losses. You can then file legal claims against the appropriate party -- such as another driver, vehicle manufacturer or even the city.
Do not let compensation get away
Those who have suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents may have the right to pursue compensation through legal means. The same holds true if you have lost a loved one in such an incident. In order to do this, it will be necessary to prove that negligence contributed to the event, which is not always an easy or straightforward task. An experienced attorney can review your case and assist you in filing and litigating your case in civil court, if appropriate.