May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and not a moment too soon. As the weather warms, more and more motorcyclists will start hitting the road, making it important that everyone – bikers and the drivers of larger vehicles alike – take responsibility for preventing motorcycle accidents.
In the state of New York, motorcyclists must have a Class M or MJ operator’s license. While not mandatory to obtain a license, a motorcycle safety course is strongly recommended for novice riders. Helmet use is required in New York for both motorcycle operators and passengers, as is protective eyewear. Leathers are not required but they, along with boots and gloves, can help prevent serious injury in an accident.
Motorcyclists have an obligation to follow the rules of the road and remain attentive while riding. The drivers of larger vehicles have an obligation to watch for bikers. Cars running into or cutting motorcyclists off while turning is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents in the United States. Paying attention and remaining aware of all vehicles on the road is the only way to prevent these accidents.
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious or catastrophic injury. They are also more likely to be fatal. According to the NHTSA, fatalities are 30x more likely in a motorcycle accident than one involving only passenger vehicles.
When you are injured or a loved one is killed in a motorcycle accident, there may be options for seeking compensation above the initial settlement offers from insurance. Speaking with an attorney is a good way to learn if your case qualifies for legal action. This should be done before you accept an offer from insurance. Accepting a settlement will bar you from taking legal action to seek additional compensation.
Fishkill motorcycle accident lawyer Ira M. Maurer has more than four decades of experience helping victims of serious injury get fair compensation. Attentive, proactive, and tenacious, Attorney Maurer is here to listen to your claim, provide straightforward information about your options, and guide you toward the best course of action.
Please call the Maurer Law Firm at 845-896-5295 to schedule a free case review today.