What are the key differences between motorcycle and car accidents in New York?

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It shouldn’t be surprising that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars. Although both can result in tragic injuries and losses, motorcycle accidents are far more challenging to resolve than car accident claims. This is due to the unfair bias motorcyclists face when establishing fault. However, you can trust that a determined New York City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer will assist you in holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence and fighting to obtain the just compensation you deserve. Please continue reading to learn about the critical differences between motorcycles and car accidents. 

What are the main differences between motorcycle and car accidents in New York?

Sadly, motorcycle accidents are usually more devastating due to the limited protection motorcyclists are afforded compared to car occupants. Cars are enclosed with metal frames and equipped with numerous safety features, such as seatbelts and airbags, that safeguard occupants from the impact of a collision. Motorcyclists are not afforded the same protections. When struck by another vehicle, they are hit with direct impact, which causes them to be more susceptible to catastrophic and life-altering injuries. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents result in permanent disability and fatalities. This is also because motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road due to their small size. Their small size minimizes their viability to other drivers on the road. There is also an increased likelihood of an accident caused by a road hazard as motorcycles only have two wheels, decreasing stability. Ultimately, when motorists fail to check their blind spots before merging or yield to motorcyclists, they can be liable for a collision.

Do motorcyclists face unfair biases?

Nevertheless, sometimes motorcyclists cause accidents. However, that is not always the case. When another driver causes a motorcycle accident establishing liability can be challenging because of the stigma surrounding motorcyclists being reckless drivers that engage in unsafe behavior because they are thrill-seekers. Stereotypes cause an unfair preconceived bias that motorcyclists are always responsible for the cause of the collision. These stigmas can hinder a motorcyclist’s recovery of monetary compensation for their damages. To increase your chances of proving the other party’s fault, if physically capable in the immediate aftermath of the accident, you must call 911. Seek immediate medical attention. From here, you should gather evidence at the scene of the accident. This includes taking pictures and videos of the crash. You should also collect contact information from witnesses that can corroborate your claim later. Finally, you should retain the legal services of an experienced lawyer who can help you seek reasonable compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact a determined New York City motorcycle accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum, who can help you deal with the stigma of riding a motorcycle. Our firm is prepared to help you secure the fair compensation you deserve. Allow our firm to represent your interest today to maximize your chances of recovering monetary compensation for your losses.


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