Motorcyclists are not well-protected when they take to the open road. While they may be wearing helmets, leather jackets and pants, there is nothing between the motorcyclist and another vehicle or the unforgiving highway.
In 2014, there were 4,750 motorcycle accidents in New York. Sadly, 142 people died in those crashes, with 136 motorcycle operators dying. Eleven motorcycle passengers were killed, too.
Other statistics involving motorcycles include that there were 65 motorcycle versus pedestrian crashes and 27 motorcycle versus bicycle crashes. There were 124 crashes where alcohol was listed as a contributing factor. Driver inattention accounted for another 672 crashes, following too closely for 448 crashes, failure to yield for 778 and passing or improper lane use for 331.
Ten motorcyclists were killed in accidents involving alcohol, 29 were killed in accidents caused by failure to yield and 69 were killed due to unsafe speeds. The age group with the highest rate of motorcycle crash deaths were males ages 25 to 29.
These statistics are very sobering. At Tinari, O'Connell & Osborn, LLP, we represent injured motorcyclists and their families. In many cases, the motorcyclists are injured severely or killed. We work to hold the at-fault party liable for the accident, your injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress and much more.
We know that many motorcyclists become injured because of another driver did not see the motorcycle when he or she pulled out. This is a common occurrence and drivers need to pay more attention and to look specifically for motorcyclists. If not, then more motorcyclists and their family's will be dealing with the tragedy of an injury or fatal crash.
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