Motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and are therefore considerably more vulnerable to serious injuries in a crash. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. Our attorneys are dedicated advocates for injured motorcyclists, serving Manhattan and New York City. Michael J. Redenburg holds a motorcycle license and enjoyed motorcycling for many years.
Why Choose Us?
- Our attorneys have more than a decade of experience representing clients in New York City.
- We are committed to protecting your rights and will not settle your case for less than what is fair.
- We handle all motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning no cost to you until we recover compensation on your behalf.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2016. In 2015, the most recent year for which injury statistics are available, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured.
In 2016, the fatality rate per 100,000 registered motorcycles was 60.90. Of the 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities, 1,600 were alcohol-impaired. Motorcycle deaths, more than double the number in 1997, accounted for 13% of all traffic fatalities.
How Risky Are Motorcycles?
Motorcyclists are much more likely to be injured or killed than passenger vehicle occupants. Motorcycles are less crashworthy and less stable than four-wheel passenger vehicles. They lack the protective characteristics of an automobile and they are also less visible to other motorists. As reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of deaths on motorcycles per vehicle miles traveled was 29 times the number in cars in a recent year.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
As stated in an NHTSA publication, The Anatomy of a Motorcycle Crash, approximately one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are caused by other drivers turning into the path of a motorcycle. This type of accident is common at intersections when drivers are making left-hand turns. Other causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Unsafe lane changes: Drivers who fail to do a head check for a blind spot or signal before changing lanes can cause accidents with motorcycles.
- Tailgating: A driver following too closely behind a motorcycle can cause serious injury or death in a rear-end collision in the event of a sudden stop.
- Car doors: Drivers cause motorcyclists to crash by opening the door of a parked vehicle in the path of the oncoming motorcycle.
- Dangerous road conditions: Potholes, debris, crumbling pavement, and other road hazards can cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash.
- Motorcycle defects: Poorly designed or defective parts can cause accidents and injury or death to motorcyclists.
Do You Need a Lawyer after a Motorcycle Crash?
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries, including fractures, brain injury, and spinal cord injuries. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash that was someone else’s fault, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights and aggressively pursue the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Contact Our Firm
Our New York City personal injury lawyers at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. are tough advocates for injured people. We believe that responsible parties should be held accountable, and we will give your case the personal attention it deserves. Call us today to find out how we can help if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence.