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Motorcycle Accident Injury Law: Know Your Rights

Motorcyclists are very vulnerable to severe injuries should they ever be involved in an accident while driving or riding on a motorcycle. And often motorcyclists do not fully understand what their rights are when it comes to New York State law. If you or a loved one found yourself injured in a motorcycle accident, please give us a call at 785-4900 for a free consultation. We also have the below articles discussing New York state law and personal injuries resulting from motorcycle cases.

Are Motorcycle Helmets Required in New York State and What Are My Rights to Bring Suit If I’m Not Wearing One?

couple on motorcycle with helmets onMotorcycle helmets can protect from serious head injuries, reduce concussions, and can even help to prevent fatal injuries. In fact, according to the New York State Department of Health, head injuries are the top cause of death among motorcyclists, and nearly 1,800 bikers throughout the United States were saved by wearing motorcycle helmets in 2015 alone.

But despite the fact that most motorists understand the benefits of wearing helmets when riding motorcycles, many still choose not to wear helmets while riding. While in some states throughout the US this is legal, in other states, including New York, motorcycle helmets are legally required for all riders and passengers. (more…)

Does New York No Fault Insurance Cover Motorcyclists? Answers to Important Questions About New York Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclist in New York State on a highwayMotorcycle accidents are unfortunately common and can be incredibly devastating, especially because motorcyclists travel the roadways with significantly less protection than drivers who are operating cars. Even the most responsible bikers wearing helmets and safety gear are vulnerable to serious or life threatening injury when operating their motorcycle on the roads among vehicles.

Motorcycle accidents happen frequently, and there is a lack of clear understanding among those who sustain injury as to what medical and lost wage benefits are available after an accident occurs.

As experienced Albany motorcycle accident attorneys, we have handled hundreds of motorcycle accident cases over the course of more than three decades in practice. We know the laws that cover motorcyclist rights and can help you recover the compensation you deserve if you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. (more…)

What Happens If I Am Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

motorcyclist in a black leather jacket driving down the roadMotorcyclists are vulnerable to accident and injury for a number of reasons. The cyclist is less visible given the smaller profile of the bike and rider on the road, particularly in the daytime. Second, they are afforded very little protection if they are in a collision; there is no protective “envelope” of steel around the rider like occupants of cars have. And, as the majority of motorcycle accidents result from collisions with other vehicles, as opposed to single vehicle accidents, the likelihood of serious injury is higher.

In two-thirds of accidents, the cause of the accident is to be the other driver failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. As noted, the primary reason is the other driver’s failure to detect the presence of the motorcycle in traffic and accurately gauge his speed and distance from the driver’s vehicle. Most of these accidents occur when a motor vehicle makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcyclist who had the right of way.


What Are The NYS Laws for Someone Driving A Motorcycle?

There are many statutory and common law (law made through trial and appellate decisions) rules for motorists to follow when operating their vehicles. The laws provide rules to ensure safety and the duties of each motorist to the other.

These rules apply to motorcyclists as well as drivers of cars and trucks. Article 34-A of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law governs motorcyclists. Section 1250 provides that all of the same rights and duties applicable to drivers of other motor vehicles apply to motorcyclists, and provides that there are additional rules under Article 34-A. Violation of some sections in Article 34-A provide a victim with a means to obtain compensation from a negligent operator of a motorcycle. (more…)

Motorcycle Accidents: Experienced Local Attorney Shares Information for Anyone Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

As experienced Albany personal injury attorneys, we have handled thousands of cases involving many different types of vehicles. Some of the worst accidents we have seen have involved motorcycle collisions. More than any other, with the exception of the situation where a pedestrian or bicyclist is struck by another vehicle, accidents involving a motorcycle can easily result in serious or life-threatening injuries, and sometimes death.

The reason is simple: a car offer significantly more protection than motorcycles—the automobile surrounds its driver or passenger with a barrier of steel that results in its occupants being less vulnerable to injury in an accident. Additionally, the sheer size of a vehicle reduces the likelihood of a collision as other drivers can more easily see it, whereas the motorcycle’s small size and profile sometimes make it virtually invisible to others sharing the highway.

For all of these reasons, motorcyclists face more frequent accidents as well as more serious injuries than occupants of cars and trucks. Catastrophic Albany motorcycle accidents may result from (more…)