Warmer weather is right around the corner and as more people travel, drivers in New York should be aware of the importance of sharing the road with motorcyclists.
Motorcycle accidents can cause riders to be seriously injured or killed. These accidents often occur because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and may be harder for drivers to see. Their smaller size also may make them seem farther away than they are or make it harder for drivers to judge how fast they are going.
Motorcycle riders are allowed to ride side-by-side in single lane and are entitled to use a full lane, even though they are not as wide as other vehicles. It is especially important for drivers to check for motorcyclists before merging into a lane.
Drivers should also be aware that the lights on motorcycles are generally smaller than the lights on other vehicles, which can make it harder to see their brake lights and headlights. Weather conditions like rain and snow can also make them less visible.
Drivers should not tailgate motorcyclists. Tailgating can make it harder for drivers to stop quickly without colliding with the rider.
Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries such as cuts, scrapes and bruises, fractures and broken bones, damage to internal organs and traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can have a devastating impact on the motorcycle rider and his or her family.
Accidents can also lead to expensive medical bills and lost wages if the victim has to miss work or has his or her hours reduced while recovering. An experienced attorney can ensure accident victims receive the compensation they are entitled to under the law.