The warmer weather means more drivers may switch from four wheels to two wheels. While driving or riding a motorcycle is thrilling, it can also come with potentially deadly consequences.
Statistics on New York Motorcycle Accidents
The New York Department of Health lists sobering facts when it comes to the safety of motorcycle riders:
- Nearly 200 individuals die in motorcycle crashes in New York each year;
- Young adults (between the ages of 20-24) have the highest death rate from motorcycle accidents;
- Around 1,600 New York residents are hospitalized due to motorcycle crashes each year;
- Roughly 11 people each day (or 4,000 per year) visit an emergency room after getting involved in a motorcycle accident; and,
- Individuals are approximately 37 times more likely to die from a motorcycle accident compared to a traditional passenger car.
Staying Safe While on a Motorcycle
If you are ready to hit the open road on a motorcycle, there are precautions you can take to be as safe as possible.
- Always wear a helmet. Not only is it the best way to stay protected, but it’s also the law. New York requires helmets and protective eyewear to be worn at all times for those on motorcycles and Class A or B mopeds that have speeds greater than 20 miles per hour.
- Wear proper clothing and gear. Having long pants, the proper footwear, and more will better protect yourself from the elements.
- Abide by the same rules of the road as if you were in a passenger vehicle. That means you should always be aware of your surroundings at all times and never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What To Do if You Were Injured While on a Motorcycle
If you were on a motorcycle and a negligent driver injured you or your passenger, you have every right to seek compensation. You may not only be experiencing physical pain and suffering but emotional injuries too — that’s why the team at Faraci Lange, LLP wants to help you receive the proper justice you deserve. Contact our hard-fighting legal team today online or by phone at (888) 997-4110.