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Special standards apply in motorcycle accidents

Riding a motorcycle in New York City carries with it a certain amount of benefits and several downsides as well.

New York City traffic congestion is legendary, and in many cases, riding a motorcycle is the most efficient way to get from one part of the city to another.  However, that has to be offset by the fact that with so much congestion and with so many drivers, there is an increased possibility of getting into an accident.  Studies have shown that when a person is involved in a motorcycle accident, they may be as much as 30 times more likely to die than if they were riding in a car.

While motorcycle drivers are much safer on the roads than an average driver, they must still share the road with car and truck drivers who are nowhere near as cognizant about safety.  Add in the fact that weather and road conditions can play anunfavorable part in a motorcycle rider’s experience, and it’s easy to understand why cycle accidents take place with alarming regularity.

Although in the eyes of the law, motorcycle accidents share many similarities, there are many other things that are different.

When an attorney argues a case in front of a judge and jury, courts take into consideration the added risks of riding a motorcycle.  They hold car drivers to a different standard when a motorcycle is involved.

When looking at thepossible negligence of car drivers, courts will also find more favorability toward a motorcycle rider because they are required to have specialized skills to ride.  Courts also consider that motorcycle drivers face increased vulnerability to road hazards including road debris, less protection and other related factors.  That can tip the scales in a big way when it comes to seeking compensation.

Isaacson, Schiowitz&Korson LLP proudly serves New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Nassau and surrounding communities.  Contact us for a free consultation at (212) 267-6557.