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New York Drivers and Motorcyclists Can Safely Share the Road

Published May 5, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The New York motorcycle season unofficially kicked off in April with the “Blessing of the Bikes” event held at an Onondaga County church. Binghamton accident and injury attorney Scott C. Gottlieb said that hopefully the event raised the safety awareness of drivers throughout the region.

1,500 bikers showed up at St. Daniel’s Church in Lyncourt, about 75 miles north of Binghamton, in Central New York to have Monsignor Eugene Yennock, pastor of the church, bless their motorcycles. The event, now in its 27th year, is organized by the Onondaga County chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) with a goal to help make motorists’ aware of motorcycles.

“One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths is that other drivers forget that they share the road with motorcyclists, so they are not looking out for them like they would a car or truck,” said Gottlieb, whose Binghamton personal injury law firm, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, represents motor vehicle accident victims and their families throughout central New York.

The bikers’ good fortunes in the months ahead, Gottlieb said, will depend on whether motorists follow safe practices when driving around motorcycles, such as:

  • Keeping a proper lookout, especially checking blind spots and looking for motorcycles at intersections before making a turn; and
  • Leaving adequate room (too often, cars and trucks try to share a lane with motorcycles or follow too closely); and
  • Anticipating the motorcyclist’s actions (for instance, a motorcycle will usually swerve around a pothole or other obstructions).

The most recent statistics from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles show that 5,150 motorcycle accidents occurred in the state in 2009, killing 155 people and injuring 5,042 others. In Onondago County alone, there were eight motorcycle riders killed and 125 who suffered serious personal injuries, according to the NYSDMV data.

“Because motorcycles are significantly outweighed by cars and trucks, and because motorcyclists lack protection, they tend to suffer severe injuries in a crash, especially brain and head injuries,” Gottlieb said. “That’s why we also strongly encourage all motorcycle riders to do what they can to protect themselves and wear their helmets at all times.”

When a motorcyclist is injured by the carelessness of another car or truck on the road, Gottlieb said it is important to contact an experienced New York motorcycle accident attorney who can take steps to protect their legal rights. “Drivers of other vehicles owe a duty to pay attention to motorcycles, and when they fail to live up to that duty, they – and their insurance companies – need to compensate the victims of their carelessness,” Gottlieb said.

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If you have suffered harm as the result of a New York motorcycle accident, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

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