Two wheels can be better than four on the crowded streets of New York City. Whether you ride a motorcycle or a scooter, a HOG or a sport bike, getting around is much easier than in a car. Not to mention the drastically reduced costs for parking.
No matter how carefully you ride – negligent drivers and hazardous conditions create a dangerous environment for motorcycles in the city. And we all know that the physical ramifications of a motorcycle crash are much greater than in a car accident.
While motorcyclists make up just a small portion of the overall traffic in New York City, they are overrepresented in traffic accident injuries. According to NYC DOT data, motorcyclists make up 8% of severe injuries in New York City traffic accidents and 11% of the fatalities.
“But I didn’t even see him!”
After motorcycle accident, many vehicle operators claim that the bike was too small to be seen. That she “appeared out of nowhere”. Remember – while there are things you can do to improve your visibility on the road, it is always a driver’s responsibility to ensure they aren’t pulling into an occupied lane.
A Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You Negotiate with Insurance Companies
Motorcycles, and their relatively unprotected riders, often suffer large damages in the event of a traffic accident. Damage can be both to the bike and the rider. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in New York City, speak with a local attorney, experienced in handling the unique challenges of motorcycle accidents. It may seem easier to work directly with insurance companies, (in fact, this is what they want you to do); however, hiring an attorney ensures you will get the damages owed to you in a timely manner.