While any type of accident on the road can have dire consequences, motorcycle accidents on the streets of Staten Island are particularly dangerous, especially for those on the bike. These riders can face serious injuries or even death.
Motorcycle riders face a number of risks that drivers and passengers in other vehicles don’t face. Motorcycles do not have substantial protective barriers to separate the rider from the road. Also, road hazards such as potholes, debris and oil slicks have more of an impact on motorcycles than on other vehicles.
In many motorcycle crashes where other vehicles are involved,, the motorcycle had the right of way, and the other vehicles driver didn’t see it. The small size of a motorcycle causes visibility problems that are especially acute at intersections. Bad road and weather conditions may exacerbate this problem, .
Just as with car accidents, the person found to be at fault in a motorcycle accident may be liable for damages. If the motorcycle operator is found to have contributed to the accident, he may recover only partial damages in a comparative negligence state such as New York. In such cases, some states would, however, prevent the motorcyclist’s recovery under contributory negligence principles.
With motorcyclists being about 26 times more likely to die in an accident than those in passenger cars, and the fatality rate for motorcycles on the rise, it is important that all motorists pay careful attention to their surroundings. More responsible driving can prevent many of these devastating motorcycle accidents.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Accidents,” accessed on Dec. 9, 2014